Hildegard of Bingen

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Comment by Jeanne Marie Spicuzza on November 14th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

“In Scivias, Hildegard was one of the first to interpret the beast in the Book of Revelation as the Antichrist, a figure whose rise to power would parallel Christ’s own life, but in a demonic form. For Hildegard, the source of the Antichrist’s evil power lay in Judaism, and thus she is also credited with being a literary source of anti-Judaism, which might be the reason the Jewish scholar in Mainz visited her numerous times challenging her on the Old Testament.”

The above paragraph contains inaccurate information. While it has been suggested that Hildegard’s ‘Scivas’ contain statements that the so-called “Antichrist”– a term not used by the author-theologian– would engage in Jewish practices, Hildegard in no way states that the “Antichrist” will be “Jewish” or that said power “lay in Judaism”, as the article incorrectly states. In fact, Frontline News and other sources report the following:

“For Hildegard, Antichrist is born from the Church. That’s very crucial. Because there are two traditions really in Christianity, at war with each other for many, many centuries. One is that Antichrist will be born a Jew. The other one is that no, he won’t be a Jew; he will be born out of the Church. He may convert the Jews briefly to himself, but many also believed that the Jews then, even the ones who were converted to Antichrist, would repent before the doomsday.”

The above is rather accurate, for Hildegard closely followed Pauline literature and the opinions of fellow medieval scholars, whose views are reflected in the above. You may find more at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/apocalypse/explanation/legend.html.

Comment by Janice Fritsch on June 6th, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Thank you for your wonderful contributions to New World Encyclopedia. I’m amzaed at the amount and quality of content you’ve managed to aggregate. Bravo!

II was searching for some information on Hildegard of Bingen today, and I came across your search results on Hildegard of Bingen, here (http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Hildegard_of_Bingen).

I noticed that the first link you have listed in the > section on on Hildegard of Bingen (toward the bottom of the page) redirects to a German language page at: http://www.abtei-st-hildegard.de/?page_id=11, whereas the original link was designed to go to an English-speaking site by Roland Horst, at: http://www.hildegard.org.

As you may have heard, Roland Horst transferred his entire site http://www.hildegard.org to a German site http://www.abtei-st-hildegard.de/?page_id=11.

We published a site on Hildegard of Bingen where we’re trying to bring her teachings to a modern audience: [www.healthyhildegard.com]. We have specific biographical information on Hildegard at http://healthyhildegard.com/hildegard-of-bingen-was/

It might be a nice addition to the page 😀

Either way, keep up the awesome work!


Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on June 7th, 2016 at 10:09 am

Thank you, Janice, for your feedback. It is very helpful. The link will be updated and your site will also be added to our article. Thank you again for taking time to help make New World Encylopedia a valuable information resource.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on June 7th, 2016 at 10:27 am

Thank you, Jeanne Marie, for your feedback, which unfortunately appears to have been overlooked! I will check the reference you suggested and revise the article appropriately.

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