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“Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His Mouth!”: Bernard and the Song of Songs

David W. Kling

in The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195130089
eISBN:
9780199835393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195130081.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter focuses on the history of interpretation of the Song of Songs, with a particular attention given to Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs. It also considers the important ... More


Psychosexual Faith

Frank Graziano

in Wounds of Love: The Mystical Marriage of Saint Rose of Lima

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195136401
eISBN:
9780199835164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195136403.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The Song of Songs, the sin in Eden, and Mary Magdalen are discussed as prelude to a fundamental paradox of mysticism: the love of God by female mystics vowed to virginity is represented as corporal ... More


The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times

David W. Kling

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195130089
eISBN:
9780199835393
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195130081.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book examines the dynamic interplay between scripture and society. Kling traces the story of how specific biblical texts have at different times emerged to be the inspiration of movements that ... More


Wounds of Love: The Mystical Marriage of Saint Rose of Lima

Frank Graziano

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195136401
eISBN:
9780199835164
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195136403.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

An in-depth study of St. Rose of Lima (1586–1617), canonized in 1671 as the first saint of the New World, serves to explore the meanings of female mysticism and the ways in which saints are products ... More


Gregory of Nyssa at the Breast of the Bridegroom

John David Penniman

in Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300222760
eISBN:
9780300228007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300222760.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines the role of nurturance in Gregory of Nyssa’s understanding of the progressive perfection of the soul. Reflecting the social ideology of his time—in which maternity and ... More


Tropological (spiritual) Essays

Paul Rorem

in Hugh of Saint Victor

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195384369
eISBN:
9780199869886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384369.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter introduces and summarizes some of Hugh’s essays on spirituality and meditation: on Prayer, In Praise of Love, On the Virginity of the Blessed Mary, on the Magnificat, on The Song of ... More


Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His Mouth

Douglas A. Sweeney

in Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780199793228
eISBN:
9780190274450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793228.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This more focused chapter explores Edwards’ exegesis of the book of Canticles (Song of Songs) as a locus classicus of his Christological exegesis. A precious centerpiece of biblical exposition for ... More


Male and Female: Diachronic Exchanges

Raphael A. Cadenhead

in Body and Desire: Gregory of Nyssa's Ascetical Theology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780520297968
eISBN:
9780520970106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520297968.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Chapter 8 highlights a new development in Gregory’s thinking: his immersion in the Song of Songs, with its descriptions of the virgin bride longing for her bridegroom, which allows him to view the ... More


St. Francis and Lady Poverty

Kenneth Baxter Wolf

in The Poverty of Riches: St. Francis of Assisi Reconsidered

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195158083
eISBN:
9780199834877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195158083.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Francis's fascination with poverty as a spiritual discipline is nowhere better illustrated than in the allegory, the Sacred Commerce of St. Francis and Lady Poverty, which appears to have been ... More


The Final Soliloquy

Paul Rorem

in Hugh of Saint Victor

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195384369
eISBN:
9780199869886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384369.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter introduces Hugh’s spiritual masterpiece, De arrha anime or Soliloquy. It concerns the soul’s down payment or bridal gift (arrha), the love of the bridegroom (Song of Songs), and personal ... More


The Unity of Baptism

Adam Ployd

in Augustine, the Trinity, and the Church: A Reading of the Anti-Donatist Sermons

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190212049
eISBN:
9780190212063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212049.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, History of Christianity

This chapter takes up the central Catholic-Donatist dispute over baptism and sacramental efficacy. Augustine redefines baptism through a pro-Nicene understanding of the common and inseparable ... More


An Analysis of All God’s Dangers Based on the Spirituals

Donald H. Matthews

in Honoring the Ancestors: An African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199963997
eISBN:
9780190258412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199963997.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter offers a critique of Nate Shaw's autobiography, All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw, within the context of the African American spirituals to demonstrate the disclosive power of a ... More


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