Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism
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Description: The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism is a multi-authored interdisciplinary guide to the study of Christian mysticism, with an emphasis on the third through the seventeenth centuries. The book is thematically organized in terms of the central contexts, practices, and concepts associated with the mystical life in early, medieval, and early modern Christianity. Written by leading authorities and younger scholars from a range of disciplines, the volume both provides a clear introduction to the Christian mystical life and articulates a bold new approach to the study of mysticism. The book looks beyond the term "mysticism," which was an early modern invention, to explore the ways in the ancient terms "mystic" and "mystical" were used in the Christian tradition: What kinds of practices, modes of life, and experiences were described as "mystical"? What understanding of Christianity and of the life of Christian perfection is articulated through mystical interpretations of scripture, mystical contemplation, mystical vision, mystical theology, or mystical union? What practices and experiences provided the framework within which one could describe mystical phenomena? And what topics are at the forefront of the contemporary study of Christian mystical practice and experience?
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/17/2012
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Song, experience, and the book in Benedictine monasticism|
|New religious movements in medieval western Europe|
|Early modern reformations|
|Apophatic and cataphatic theology|
|Unio mystica/mystical union|
|Actio et contemplatio/action and contemplation|
|Latin and the vernaculars|
|The body and its senses|
|Mysticism and visuality|
|Time and memory|