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Scrolls of LoveRuth and the Song of Songs$
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Peter S. Hawkins and Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225712

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225712.001.0001

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The Female Voice: Hildegard of Bingen and the Song of Songs

The Female Voice: Hildegard of Bingen and the Song of Songs

(p.255) The Female Voice: Hildegard of Bingen and the Song of Songs
Scrolls of Love

Margot Fassler

Fordham University Press

Hildegard of Bingen was deeply engaged with Scripture, and one of the ways to understand her thought is by tracing her treatment of particular figures from the Bible or especially important passages from favored sections of the text. Rachel Fulton, Ann Matter, Barbara Haagh, and others have been particularly attentive to the ways in which the Song of Songs has been used in the medieval offices of Marian feasts to create a life for the Virgin Mary as the woman beloved of God and as a type of the church. Hildegard approaches the relationship between human beings and God through many venues, but she always rooted her experience of human love in the church and in the cloister, the places she knew best. The Song of Songs was available to her as a canonical framework for exploring relationships and expressing them in the terms of human love.

Keywords:   Hildegard of Bingen, Scripture, Bible, God, love, Virgin Mary, Song of Songs

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