The Book of Divine Works

by St. Hildegard of Bingen
translated by Nathaniel M. Campbell
The fathers of the church mediaeval continuation ;
Catholic University of America Press, 2018
Cloth: 978-0-8132-3129-7, eISBN: 978-0-8132-3130-3

Completed in 1173, The Book of Divine Works (Liber Divinorum Operum) is the culmination of the Visionary’s Doctor’s theological project, offered here for the first time in a complete and scholarly English translation. The first part explores the intricate physical and spiritual relationships between the cosmos and the human person, with the famous image of the universal Man standing astride the cosmic spheres. The second part examines the rewards for virtue and the punishments for vice, mapped onto a geography of purgatory, hellmouth, and the road to the heavenly city. At the end of each Hildegard writes extensive commentaries on the Prologue to John’s Gospel (Part 1) and the first chapter of Genesis (Part 2)—the only premodern woman to have done so. Finally, the third part tells the history of salvation, imagined as the City of God standing next to the mountain of God’s foreknowledge, with Divine Love reigning over all.
Dedicatory Chronogram
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I. Liber Divinorum Operum: Summary
1. The Relationship between Divinity and Humanity: The Work of God
2. The Relationship between Humanity and Creation: Microcosm and Macrocosm
3. The Light of Divine Foreknowledge and the Eternal Predestination of Christ
4. Hildegard as Exegete
5. History and Symbolism
III. Manuscripts, Editions, and Principles of Translation
The Book of Divine Works
Vision 1: Theophany of Divine Love
Vision 2: The Cosmic Spheres and Human Being
Vision 3: Macrocosm of Winds, Microcosm of Humors
Vision 4: Cosmos, Body, and Soul: The Word Made Flesh
Vision 1: The Earth: Life’s Merits, Purgatory, and Commentary on the Creation
Vision 1: The City of God and the Mirror of the Angels
Vision 2: The City in Salvation History: Creation to Incarnation
Vision 3: The Fountain of God’s Work: Theophany of Divine Love, with Humility and Peace
Vision 4: Wisdom and the Ancient Counsel Unfolding in God’s Works
Vision 5: Divine Love upon the Wheel: Eternity and History
General Index
Index of Holy Scripture
Index of References to Hildegard’s Works

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