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The Theology of Repentance: Observations on the Liber vite meritorum

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In Liber vite meritorum the entirety of salvation history is unfolded for the reader as God, humankind, and the cosmos are represented in their interconnected relationships from a pedagogical point of view. Unlike the Scivias, the Vite mer. contains only one central, visionary image: A man stands in the cosmos, his head in the clouds of the ether and his feet above the waters of the abyss. This chapter discusses the various textual genres and their function for the composition of the totality of the Vite mer. The Vite mer. includes multiple representations of the afterlife, including conceptions associated with both the Last Judgement and with the time that follows. The Vite mer., as a sermon calling for repentance in a theologically comprehensive image, is certainly the text that addresses individual believers most strongly, in that each individual is called upon to perform self-examination and personal penance.

Keywords: afterlife; Hildegard; Liber vite meritorum; penance; Scivias; theology of repentance; visionary image



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