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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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Golden Apples in Silver Peels

Golden Apples in Silver Peels

The Origin of the World—An Explanation of Genesis

(p.115) 9. Golden Apples in Silver Peels
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's explanation of Genesis based on Augustine's three expositions of the first book of the Bible and the commentaries by Ambrose, Basil of Caesarea, Moses Maimonides, and Thomas Aquinas on the creation narrative about the work done in six days (Prologus in Opus expositionum et in librum Genesis, LW 1, nn. 1–2, 183.4). It first considers Eckhart's two commentaries on Genesis and goes on to discuss the principle in which God created the world. It then explores Eckhart's argument that man was created according to the image and likeness of God, along with his philosophical interpretations of the Bible. It also discusses the universal metaphysics on which Eckhart based his parabolic interpretation of scripture and how Genesis provided Eckhart the foundation for his philosophical theology, his theory of the intellect, and his ethics.

Keywords:   ethics, Meister Eckhart, Genesis, Augustine, Bible, creation, God, metaphysics, philosophical theology, intellect

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