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Title: Eckhart en pseudo-Hadewijch: stem en tegenstem
Subtitle: Dilectus deo et hominibus en Alle dinghe sijn mi te inghe
Author(s): VAN DEN BERG, Evert
Journal: Ons Geestelijk Erf
Volume: 86 Issue: 2 Date: 2015
It is known for a long time already that there is a certain affinity between Meister Eckhart and pseudo-Hadewijch. The problem, however, is whether there is a direct dependency, and if so, in which direction. In this contribution the relation between Eckhart’s sermon Dilectus deo et hominibus and Mengeldicht 21 of pseudo-Hadewijch is investigated. Striking similarities in using words from the mystical tradition, a play on the words wide and narrow, ultimately having its roots in the Vita Benedicti of Gregorius the Great, a quotation from Paul respectively an allusion to it, and the central theme, the mystic union in love, can be seen as indications that the poem of pseudo-Hadewijch was a reaction on Eckhart’s sermon, in which this author tried to incorporate elements from this sermon into the tradition of love mystics. Together with the oeuvre of Jan van Ruusbroec it shows how varied the reception was of the ideas of Eckhart in Brabant about the middle of the fourteenth century.