Allegorical Form and Theory in Hildegard of Bingen’s Books of Visions

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This book analyses how the three books of visions by Hildegard of Bingen use the allegorical vision as a form of knowledge. It describes how the visionary’s use of allegory and allegorical exegesis is linked to theories of cognition, interpretation, and prophecy. It argues that the form of the allegorical vision is not just the product of a medieval symbolic mentality, but specific to Hildegard’s position and the major transformations taking place in the prescholastic intellectual milieu, such as the changing use of Scripture or the shift from traditional hermeneutics to cognitive language philosophy. The book shows that Hildegard uses traditional forms of knowledge – prophecy, the vision, monastic theology, allegorical hermeneutics – in startlingly innovative ways by combining them and by revising them for her own time.
Originele taal-2Engels
UitgeverijPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-031-17192-5
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-031-17191-8
StatusGepubliceerd - 06 dec. 2022

Publicatie series

NaamThe New Middle Ages
ISSN van geprinte versie2945-5936
ISSN van elektronische versie2945-5944


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