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A profound mystic, Bernard sought, above all and in all, to be with God and to bring all persons to the experience of God. His Sermons on the Song of Songs are among the most famous and most beautiful examples of medieval scriptural exegesis. In them the modern reader can catch a glimpse of the genius which an entire generation found irresistible.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-190-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Apr 13,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 280
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-190-4
$152.00
$91.20

Bernard of Clairvaux towered over the society of twelfth-century Europe. A brilliant preacher and a polished writer, he counseled kings and rebuked popes. He moved in the complicated affairs of men with a dexterity which brought him acclaim and adversaries, yet he exhorted Christians to turn from worldly affairs and serve God. He remains a man of paradoxes. He crisscrossed Europe while insisting that monks have no place outside their monasteries. He inveighed against two of the most renowned scholars of his day, yet he helped support the education of numerous students. He persuaded two kings to take up a crusade against the Moslems, yet he preached that persuasion and not force should be used against unbelievers. A profound mystic, Bernard sought, above all and in all, to be with God and to bring all persons to the experience of God. His Sermons on the Song of Songs are among the most famous and most beautiful examples of medieval scriptural exegesis. In them the modern reader can catch a glimpse of the genius which an entire generation found irresistible.

Bernard of Clairvaux towered over the society of twelfth-century Europe. A brilliant preacher and a polished writer, he counseled kings and rebuked popes. He moved in the complicated affairs of men with a dexterity which brought him acclaim and adversaries, yet he exhorted Christians to turn from worldly affairs and serve God. He remains a man of paradoxes. He crisscrossed Europe while insisting that monks have no place outside their monasteries. He inveighed against two of the most renowned scholars of his day, yet he helped support the education of numerous students. He persuaded two kings to take up a crusade against the Moslems, yet he preached that persuasion and not force should be used against unbelievers. A profound mystic, Bernard sought, above all and in all, to be with God and to bring all persons to the experience of God. His Sermons on the Song of Songs are among the most famous and most beautiful examples of medieval scriptural exegesis. In them the modern reader can catch a glimpse of the genius which an entire generation found irresistible.

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Bernard of Clairvaux

Kilian Walsh OCSO

Jean Leclercq OSB

  • CONTENTS (page 7)
  • INTRODUCTION WERE THE SERMONS ON THE SONG OF SONGS DELIVERED IN CHAPTER (page 9)
  • SERMON 21 THE LOVE OF THE BRIDE, THE CHURCH, FOR CHRIST (page 35)
  • SERMON 22 ON THE FOUR OINTMENTS OF THE BRIDEGROOM AND THE FOUR CARDINAL VIRTUES (page 46)
  • SERMON 23 IN THE ROOMS OF THE KING (page 57)
  • SERMON 24 DETRACTION AND MAN'S RIGHTEOUSNESS (page 74)
  • SERMON 25 WHY THE BRIDE IS BLACK BUT BEAUTIFUL (page 82)
  • SERMON 26 THE BLACKNESS OF THE BRIDE COMPARED TO THE TENTS OF KEDAR BERNARD'S LAMENT FOR HIS BROTHER (page 90)
  • SERMON 27 THE BEAUTY OF THE CURTAINS OF SOLOMON WHY SHE IS CALLED A HEAVEN (page 106)
  • SERMON 28 THE BLACKNESS AND BEAUTY OF THE BRIDEGROOM AND THE BRIDE (page 120)
  • SERMON 29 ON DISCORD IN THE CHURCH AND IN COMMUNITIES (page 134)
  • SERMON 30 MYSTICAL VINEYARDS AND THE PRUDENCE OF THE FLESH (page 144)
  • SERMON 31 THE VARIOUS WAYS OF SEEING GOD (page 156)
  • SERMON 32 HOW CHRIST ADAPTS HIS GRACES TO PERSONAL NEEDS (page 166)
  • SERMON 33 ENDS TO BE PURSUED-THE MYSTICAL NOONTIDE-TEMPTATIONS TO BE AVOIDED (page 176)
  • SERMON 34 TRUE HUMILITY (page 192)
  • SERMON 35 THE BRIDEGROOM REPROVES THE BRIDE-TWO KINDS OF IGNORANCE (page 197)
  • SERMON 36 THE ACQUIRING OF KNOWLEDGE (page 205)
  • SERMON 37 KNOWLEDGE AND IGNORANCE OF GOD AND OF SELF (page 213)
  • SERMON 38 IGNORANCE OF GOD LEADS TO DESPAIR THE BEAUTY OF THE BRIDE (page 219)
  • SERMON 39 THE DEVIL AND HIS ARMY (page 224)
  • SERMON 40 THE FACE OF THE BRIDE (page 231)
  • SERMON 41 THE INTELLECT, FAITH AND CONTEMPLATION (page 236)
  • SERMON 42 FRATERNAL CORRECTION-TWO KIDS OF HUMILITY (page 242)
  • SERMON 43 THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST (page 252)
  • SERMON 44 THE SOUL'S-ITS DIALOGUE WITH THE WORD (page 257)
  • SERMON 45 THE WINE OF ZEAL AND THE OIL OF MERCY (page 264)
  • SERMON 46 THE CHURCH AND ITS MINISTERS THE VIRTUES THAT LEAD TO CONTEMPLATION (page 273)
  • ABBREVIATIONS (page 280)