Download E-books Hildegard von Bingen's Physica: The Complete English Translation of Her Classic Work on Health and Healing PDF

One in all significant clinical treatises by way of medieval healer Hildegard von Bingen, offered in its entirety for the 1st time in English throughout the 900th anniversary of her delivery.

• A seminal textual content within the improvement of Western natural drugs

• provides 9 different types of therapeutic systems--Plants, components, timber, Stones, Fish, Birds, Animals, Reptiles, and Metals--and elaborates on their medicinal use

• heavily regarding japanese clinical ways which are gaining admire this day

Saint, mystic, healer, visionary, fighter, Hildegard von Bingen stands as one of many nice figures within the historical past of ladies in me.

At a time while few ladies might write and such a lot have been denied a proper schooling, Hildegard von Bingen grew to become a mythical healer, visionary, musician, artist, poet, and saint. Her works comprise twenty-seven symphonic compositions; Scivias, a compilation of her visions; and her significant scientific works, Causae et Curae, a clinical compendium, and Physica, released right here in English in its entirety for the 1st time.

Physica has a robust affinity with the jap scientific techniques gaining nice appreciate this present day. the fashionable reader attracted to common therapeutic will realize the large fact within the theories of this 12th-century health practitioner, which remind us that our treatments for disorder rely on our wildlife and our position in it.

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Download E-books Early Christian Lives (Penguin Classics) PDF

Written among the mid-fourth and overdue 6th centuries to commemorate and glorify the achievements of early Christian saints, those six biographies depict males who committed themselves to solitude, poverty and prayer. Athanasius files Antony's severe seclusion within the Egyptian wasteland, regardless of temptation through the satan and visits from his fans. Jerome additionally indicates those that fled persecution or withdrew from society to pursue lives of chastity and asceticism in his bills of Paul of Thebes, Hilarion and Malchus. In his lifetime of Martin, Sulpicius Severus describes the achievements of a guy who mixed the jobs of monk, bishop and missionary, whereas Gregory the nice tells of Benedict, whose Rule turned the template for monastic lifestyles. packed with vibrant incidents and extraordinary miracles, those Lives have supplied notion as types for hundreds of years of Christian worship.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts greater by way of introductions and notes by means of uncommon students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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Download E-books The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross: A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East PDF

By John Marco Allegro

The place did God come from? What do the bible tales relatively let us know? Who or what was once Jesus Christ? This ebook demanding situations every little thing we expect we all know concerning the nature of faith. ? The old fertility cult on the center of Christianity ? The residing energy of cultic rites and emblems ? The sacred mushroom because the logo and embodiment of divinity ? The mystery that means of biblical myths ? The language of faith that hyperlinks us to our ancestors The Sacred Mushroom and the move units out John Allegro's quest via a genealogy of languages to discover the reality approximately the place Christianity got here from.

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Download E-books Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit (Great Lives Series) PDF

By Charles R. Swindoll

The apostle Paul. The switched over terrorist, encouraged writer, awesome instructor, and sufferer mentor.This substantial determine strode boldly onto the level of the first-century international and left an indelible signature of greatness by no means to be forgotten. His lifestyles? incredible! And his ministry? awesome. whereas assigned sainthood via a few at the present time, by way of his personal description he used to be "the leader of all sinners." No different individual within the Bible, other than Christ Himself, had a extra profound impact on his global and ours than Paul.

He used to be a guy of actual grit, with a firmness of brain and spirit and unyielding braveness within the face of private problem and threat. difficult, tenacious, and fiercely relentless, Paul pursued his divine venture with unflinching unravel. And God used him mightily to show the realm the wrong way up for Christ in his generation.

But Paul's message and his type have been additionally marked through mild grace. This guy, who tormented and killed the saints of God, understood and defined grace higher than any of his contemporaries. Why? simply because he by no means received over his personal gratitude as a recipient of it. God's super-abounding grace remodeled this once-violent aggressor right into a humble-but-powerful spokesman for Christ. a guy with that a lot grit desperately wanted that a lot grace.

Perhaps that is why Paul's existence is this kind of resource of desire for us. If the executive of sinners will be forgiven and develop into God's selected vessel, can He no longer forgive and use us besides? He can, if we too develop into humans of either grace and grit.

Paul is the 6th of a multi-volume sequence exploring nice Lives from God's note and looking out them to discover the features that made them nice. sign up for us for a thrilling, in-depth examine this outstanding lifestyles, as basically Chuck Swindoll can describe it:  Paul: a guy of Grace and Grit.

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Download E-books A New History of Early Christianity PDF

By Charles Freeman

The relevance of Christianity is as hotly contested at the present time because it has ever been. A New historical past of Early Christianity exhibits how our present debates are rooted within the many controversies surrounding the start of the faith and the earliest makes an attempt to solve them. Charles Freeman’s meticulous old account of Christianity from its delivery in Judaea within the first century A.D. to the emergence of Western and japanese church buildings via A.D. six hundred unearths that it was once a particular, bright, and particularly different circulation introduced into order on the rate of highbrow and religious power. opposed to the traditional narrative of the inevitable “triumph” of a unmarried specific Christianity, Freeman exhibits that there has been a bunch of competing Christianities, a lot of which had as a lot declare to authenticity as those who finally ruled. having a look with clean eyes on the historic checklist, Freeman explores the ambiguities and contradictions that underlay Christian theology and the unavoidable compromises enforced within the identify of doctrine.

Tracing the wonderful transformation that the early Christian church underwent—from sporadic niches of Christian groups surviving within the wake of a bad crucifixion to sanctioned alliance with the state—Charles Freeman exhibits how freedom of idea was once curtailed through the advance of the concept that of religion. The imposition of "correct belief," non secular uniformity, and an institutional framework that enforced orthodoxy have been either consolidating and stifling. Uncovering the problems in setting up the Christian church, he examines its dating with Judaism, Gnosticism, Greek philosophy and Greco-Roman society, and he bargains dramatic new money owed of Paul, the resurrection, and the church fathers and emperors.

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Download E-books Hegel versus 'Inter-Faith Dialogue': A General Theory of True Xenophilia PDF

The time period 'inter-faith' is a up to date innovation in English that has received major traction within the dialogue of non secular range. This quantity argues that the idea that of faiths within the plural is deeply complex for Christian theology and proposes a Hegelian substitute to the traditional bureaucratic inspiration of inter-faith discussion. Hegel pioneered the systematic learn of comparative faith. in keeping with Hegelian precept, Andrew Shanks identifies religion as an inflection of the desire in the direction of excellent truth-as-openness. on the subject of different spiritual traditions, this needs to contain the perform of a greatest xenophilia, or love for the unusual, understood as a center Christian advantage. Shanks's neo-Hegelian idea recognises the possibility of God's paintings in all spiritual traditions, that may be noticeable as divine experiments with human nature. This well timed publication discusses quite a lot of interreligious encounters and may be a necessary source for stories in comparative theology and philosophy of faith.

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Download E-books Judas: The Definitive Collection of Gospels and Legends About the Infamous Apostle of Jesus PDF

Judas Iscariot has been demonized because the vital traitor, the disciple who betrayed his grasp for the notorious thirty items of silver. however the fresh sensational discovery and book of the lengthy misplaced Gospel of Judas, with its outstanding portrayal of Judas Iscariot because the disciple closest to Jesus, increases severe new questions. used to be Judas the one member of the Twelve who really understood Jesus? Did Jesus secretly collaborate with Judas to set in movement the sequence of occasions that will redeem all of humankind? looking for solutions, Marvin Meyer, one of many world's best specialists at the Gospel of Judas offers a set of the earliest money owed of Judas, which jointly paint a fuller portrait of this so much enigmatic disciple.

This e-book offers the fundamental texts that take care of the determine of Judas, together with New testomony writings, Gnostic records, and different early and later Christian literature. those are the earliest recognized tales approximately Judas and comprise decisions from the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, the Acts of the Apostles, and suitable passages from Paul. the center piece of the booklet is the Gospel of Judas, via excerpts from 3 different Gnostic texts—the Dialogue of the Savior, the Concept of Our nice Power, and the "Round Dance of the Cross"—which may perhaps shed new mild at the determine of Judas. a chain of extra writings on Judas produced over the centuries offer glimpses of the vilification of Judas and the emergence of anti-Semitic themes.

Meyer bargains facts of traitors earlier than Judas—the Genesis tale of Joseph's brothers who bought him into slavery, the duplicitous buddy of the poet in Psalm forty-one, and Melanthius the goatherd in Homer's Odyssey—all of which increase the query of no matter if the tale of Judas Iscariot should be easily a section of non secular fiction derived from prior tales.

Judas presents a wealthy choice of unique assets that inform the tale of Christianity's so much notorious determine, providing the fullest figuring out of Judas Iscariot's indisputable value within the climax of Jesus's life.

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Download E-books Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide PDF

By Marion Ann Taylor

The historical past of ladies interpreters of the Bible is a overlooked sector of research. Marion Taylor provides a one-volume reference device that introduces readers to a big selection of girls interpreters of the Bible from the total heritage of Christianity. Her study has implications for realizing biblical interpretation--especially the background of interpretation--and influencing modern research of girls and the Bible. Contributions by means of one hundred thirty most sensible students introduce foremothers of the religion who tackle problems with interpretation that remain correct to religion groups this day, equivalent to women's roles within the church and synagogue and the belief of spiritual feminism. Women's interpretations additionally increase wisdom approximately changes within the methods men and women might learn the Scriptures in gentle of modifications of their lifestyles experiences.

This guide will turn out priceless to ministers in addition to to scholars of the Bible, who could be encouraged, provoked, and challenged by means of the ladies brought the following. the amount also will supply a origin for additional particular learn and analysis.

Interpreters contain Elizabeth Rice Achtemeier, Saint Birgitta of Sweden, Catherine Mumford sales space, Anne Bradstreet, Catherine of Siena, Clare of Assisi, Egeria, Elizabeth I, Hildegard, Julian of Norwich, Thérèse of Lisieux, Marcella, Henrietta C. Mears, Florence Nightingale, Phoebe Palmer, Faltonia Betitia Proba, Pandita Ramabai, Christina Georgina Rossetti, Dorothy Leigh Sayers, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, St. Teresa of Avila, Sojourner fact, and Susanna Wesley.

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Download E-books The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism PDF

The Wiley-Blackwell spouse to Christian Mysticism brings jointly a staff of prime foreign students to discover the origins, evolution, and modern debates in terms of Christian mystics, texts, and the routine they inspired.

  • Provides a entire and fascinating account of Christian mysticism, from its origins correct as much as the current day
  • Draws at the better of present scholarship via bringing jointly a set of newly-commissioned readings via major scholars
  • Considers examples of mysticism in either jap and Western Christianity
  • Offers a super synthesis of the foremost figures and ancient sessions of mysticism; its center issues, corresponding to heresy, gender, or aesthetics; and its theoretical issues, together with theological, literary, social medical, and philosophical approaches
  • Features chapters on present debates akin to neuroscience and mystical event, and inter-religious dialogue

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