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Title: A Textual Parallel between the Arnhem Mystical Sermons and the Temple of Our Soul
Subtitle: Comparing their Incorporation of the Liber de Spiritu et Anima and Jordanus of Quedlimburg's Sermons
Author(s): CORNET, Ineke
Journal: Ons Geestelijk Erf
Volume: 84    Issue: 4   Date: December 2013   
Pages: 341-370
DOI: 10.2143/OGE.84.4.3017247

Abstract :
The Great Evangelical Pearl, the Temple of Our Soul, and the Arnhem mystical sermons are three Middle Dutch sixteenth-century texts with many similarities, including the mystical understanding of the liturgy. They appear within a literary network in which the nuns at St. Agnes and the Cologne Carthusians played an important role. This article examines a newly discovered textual parallel between Chapter 34 of Ps.-Augustine’s Liber de spiritu et anima, Jordanus of Quedlinburg’s sermon 158, Chapter 28 of the Temple of Our Soul and sermon 32 of the Arnhem mystical sermons through a comparative literary analysis. It shows that although the Arnhem mystical sermons are directly based on Ps.-Augustine’s text while the Temple author quotes Ps.-Augustine’s text as it is rendered in Jordanus’ sermon, the thematic parallels are still striking and confirm the tight connections between the Arnhem mystical sermons and the Temple. The comparison also demonstrates that although the Temple and the Arnhem mystical sermons have much in common, the author of the Arnhem mystical sermons more freely changes the text of the sources and accentuates different aspects of mystical theology than the Temple.

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