Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead

Mechtild of Magdeburg Frank Tobin


Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead

Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead

  • Title: Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead
  • Author: Mechtild of Magdeburg Frank Tobin
  • ISBN: 9780809137763
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback



Here is the first English translation based on the new critical edition of The Flowing Light of the Godhead, the sole mystical visionary work of Mechthild, a 13th century c 1260 c 1282 94 German Beguine This challenging work of deep religious insight reflects Mechthild s inner life, and God s as well, employing a great variety of traditional medieval literary forms anHere is the first English translation based on the new critical edition of The Flowing Light of the Godhead, the sole mystical visionary work of Mechthild, a 13th century c 1260 c 1282 94 German Beguine This challenging work of deep religious insight reflects Mechthild s inner life, and God s as well, employing a great variety of traditional medieval literary forms and genres in prose and verse.


Recent Comments "Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead"

This is not a fast or an easy read, but every page is worth it. Mechthild de Magdeburg writes with a stunning lucidity that feels almost modern, even multiple centuries and translations later. I approached this book as someone with no adherence to any specific religion and spirituality, and I was rewarded with a bizarre, sensual, and highly personal glimpse into Mechthild's own relationship with her God. You read with her for forty years of her life, a long time by any standard. For the first ti [...]

I read through this quickly for my thesis on Medieval Beguine mystics. I was originally going to do a chapter on her, but time constraints lead me to drop a chapter, so I decided to drop hers. I shouldn't say too much about her, because I can hardly be fair. Her poetry is probably her supreme value to readers of mystical spirituality. My thesis, however, was to evaluate her theology, which was rather neo-platonic ("spirit" is good and the body is bad). She is, however, part of the tradition of " [...]

The interesting points in this very "unusual" early Christian mystical texts:1. Written in the vernacular --> makes the highly unapproachable Church accessible for a largely illiterate medieval audience2. The anthropomorphic depiction of God; God as a lover (in contrast to Augustine's incorporeal God)3. Metaphysical quandaries?

This book is written by a Contemplative in the 14th or 15th century. It is mostly poetry but quite interesting. It is not for everyone but I have enjoyed reading it and come back to it often.

Interesting if you're into Medieval mystics. Don't read it if you're not.

sweet dew of the Holy Trinity.


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