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Title: The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism
Author: Hollywood, Amy Patricia Z. Beckman (eds)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2012
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521863650
Volumes: 1; Pages: 392
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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?Table of ContentsIntroduction Amy Hollywood and Patricia Z. BeckmanPart I. Contexts: 1. Early monasticism, Douglas Burton-Christie2. Song, experience, and the book in Benedictine monasticism Amy Hollywood3. New religious movements in medieval western Europe, Walter Simons4. Early modern reformations, Edward HowellsPart II. Key Terms: 5. Apophatic and cataphatic theology, Andrew Louth6. Lectio divina, E. Ann Matter7. Meditatio/meditation, Thomas Bestul8. Oratio/prayer, Rachel Fulton Brown9. Visio/vision, Veerle Fraeters10. Raptus/rapture, Dyan Elliott11. Unio mystica/mystical union, Bernard McGinn12. Actio et contemplatio/action and contemplation, Charlotte RadlerPart III. Contemporary Questions: 13. Latin and the vernaculars, Barbara Newman14. Transmission, Sara S. Poor15. Writing, Charles M. Stang16. The body and its senses, Patricia Dailey17. Mysticism and visuality, Jeffrey Hamburger18. Emotions, Fiona Somerset19. Authority, Mary Frohlich20. Gender, Alison Weber21. Sexuality Constance, Furey22. Time and memory, Patricia Dailey.