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Sister of Wisdom

St. Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine

Barbara Newman


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Barbara Newman reintroduces English-speaking readers to an extraordinary and gifted figure of the twelfth-century renaissance. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was mystic and writer, musician and preacher, abbess and scientist who used symbolic theology to explore the meaning of her gender within the divine scheme of things.

With a new preface, bibliography, and discography, Sister of Wisdom is a landmark book in women's studies, and it will also be welcomed by readers in religion and history.

University of California Press, 9780520211629, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 20, 1998

About the Author

Barbara Newman is Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University.