Cataclysmic devastation, earthquakes, monsters, battles and visions – this is the storehouse from which apocalyptic imagery is drawn. This course will examine the apocalyptic tradition as it unfolds in the course of biblical history. Special attention will be given to late Israelite prophetic eschatology, the Book of Daniel, the writings of the Qumran sectarians, and the Book of Revelation.
This course examines key developments of theology of the Christian life in Western Christianity from the eleventh through the thirteenth century. It will focus on the theological virtues of faith, hope, and especially love, as foundational principles for a Christian life of prayer and service to the Church and society. We will approach this theme by concentrating on appropriate selections from four figures of the High Middle Ages: St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Hadewijch of Antwerp.
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