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Meister EckhartPhilosopher of Christianity$
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Kurt Flasch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204865

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204865.001.0001

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(p.31) 3. Self-Portrayals
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

This chapter examines a few texts in which Meister Eckhart repeatedly talks about his intentions. The frequency and intensity of Eckhart's self-interpretations were unusual for the time. Eckhart's self-portrayals need to be compared with his writings in order to elucidate his fundamental concepts and their historical situatedness. This chapter presents nine excerpts, both in the author's translation and the original language, in which Eckhart describes what he was trying to do. Eight of the excerpts come from Eckhart's German sermons, which indicated the perspectives under which he sought to understand the Bible. The other self-portrayal is taken from a Latin text explaining the Gospel of John. In his sermons, Eckhart also talks about the philosophical knowableness of God's Trinity and Incarnation.

Keywords:   self-interpretations, self-portrayals, Meister Eckhart, German sermons, Bible, Gospel of John, God, Trinity, Incarnation

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