504 Book Reviews / Journal of Religion in Europe 4 (2011) 501–515 Beverly Mayne Kienzle, Hildegard of Bingen and her Gospel Homilies: Speaking New Mysteries (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009), xvi + 338 pp., ISBN 978-2-503-51777- 3, € 70.00 Beverly Mayne Kienzle’s book on the medieval visionary abbess Hildegard of Bingen’s (1098–1179) little-studied Expositiones evangeliorum , ﬁ fty-eight homilies on twenty-seven Gospel passages, is interesting reading. It follows Kienzle’s critical edition from 2007 of the Expositiones , edited with Caroline A. Muessig and George Ferzoco. Hildegard of Bingen and her Gospel Homilies represents the ﬁ rst in-depth study of Hildegard’s Expositiones and their use as sermons in and outside Hildegard’s convent. Kienzle writes in her preface that the book arose out of her interest for women’s ministry and her search for evidence of women preaching in the Middle Ages, despite Pauline prohibitions (pp. xii–xiii). Th ough Hildegard seems to be the only medieval woman who wrote systematic works of exegesis and preached publicly, Kienzle explores the Expositiones on the background of newer research on religious women in twelfth-century Germany/Austria, which shows that Hildegard’s seem- ingly unusual religious practices were not entirely unique. Other twelfth-century nuns also preached and wrote sermons.
Journal of Religion in Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
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