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Verlagsanstalt, ND H55 S The earth of humankind contains all moistness, all verdancy, all germinating power. The Liber Scivias is the first theological-cosmological work by Hildegard of Bingen , a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, polymath.
The manuscript — to be considered as a guide — takes into consideration the concepts of Universe, respectively representing macrocosm and microcosm, and deals with the process of salvation which can only be attained through redemption. Hildegard was born in the Rhineland valley of western Germany and from an early age exhibited signs of being an extraordinary child.
Hildegard claims that she had her first visionary experience when she was only five years old. From then, her enthusiasm and eccentricity, combined with constant illness, attracted the attention of her family, particularly her parents. Coming from noble descent and having the means of wealth, Hildegard was sent off around the age of seven or eight to a monastery in Disibodenberg, where she would continue to experience visions throughout her adolescent and adult life.
Due to embarrassment, Hildegard ceased talking about her supernatural experiences and took a vow of silence at the age of thirty-eight. Shortly after, she became so ill that she was forced into years of bed rest. She attributed her illness as a punishment from God for refusing to openly discuss her visions.
In the preface of her first book, Scivias , Hildegard describes her decision to introduce the world to her relationship with God,. But although I heard and saw these things, because of doubt and low opinion of myself and because of the diverse sayings of men, I refused for a long time the call to write, not out of stubbornness but out of humility, until weighed down by the scourge of God, I fell onto a bed of sickness.
Thus, at the age of forty-two, Hildegard began writing down her visions with impeccable detail. The manuscript is divided into a trinitarian or tripartite pattern in which Hildegard reflects on the works of God and His relation to humanity; the figure of Christ and the process of redemption; and Holy Spirit with particular emphasis on the virtues and the path to salvation.
Combined, each of the three sections detail twenty-six visions that provided instruction and direction with regards to religious doctrine. Created in the monastery of Rupertsburg, it is considered one of the most lavish and decorated medieval manuscripts. Moreover, she was well-known for her musical compositions and examinations of the natural world, as exemplified in her scientific and medicinal writings.
Her work continued to inspire both men and women of the faith long after her death and, in , Hildegard finally reached the status of sainthood. Search for:.
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Scivias is an illustrated work by Hildegard von Bingen , completed in or , describing 26 religious visions she experienced. It is the first of three works that she wrote describing her visions, the others being Liber vitae meritorum and De operatione Dei also known as Liber divinorum operum. The work is divided into three parts, reflecting the Trinity. The second part consists of seven visions and deals with salvation through Jesus Christ , the Church , and the sacraments.
The book deals with the interconnectivity of man in the universe; the concept that man represents a microcosm of the cosmic macrocosm, in other words, the belief that the universe exists simultaneously within each of us, while also encompassing everything else externally. The images have become, perhaps, more popular than the actual narrative contained within Scivias. The specific origin and nature of the thumbnail illustrations remains unknown. The mainstream view generally accepts the completion of the original Rupertsberg manuscript around , before her death in The story of the manuscript is almost as interesting as the book itself.