SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich

IVP. Jun. 2018. 170p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780830850884. pap. $18. BIOG
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The revelations of English mystic and theologian Julian of Norwich (1342–1430) have been dismissed for centuries. Independent scholar Rolf (Julian's Gospel) provides brief commentaries on each of the 16 revelations featured in Julian's 14th-century work, Revelations of Divine Love. Before launching into the analyses, Rolf introduces readers to the medieval town of Norwich, England, and Julian's likely position in society. Rolf argues that Julian was a member of the merchant class, married (perhaps having lost her husband to a resurgence of plague), and most certainly not a nun. To provide a flavor of Julian's writing, Rolf frequently uses common Middle English terms, for which she provides a glossary.
VERDICT IVP's Explorer's Guides aim to deliver serious yet approachable works of non-evangelical thinkers to mainstream audiences. Rolf's book is no exception, but it will also be welcomed by anyone curious about Julian of Norwich and mystical theology.

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