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When Souls Had WingsPre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.001.0001

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Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Middle Ages to the Renaissance

(p.129) 6 Middle Ages to the Renaissance
When Souls Had Wings

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Rabbinical texts kept preexistence alive in the Jewish tradition (largely through the concept of the guf, or soul-treasury. Authorities like Peter Lombard and Aquinas declared against it. Neoplatonism and the cosmology of Timaeus persisted in works by Bernard Silvester, Hildegard von Bingen, and Julian of Norwich. Kabbalah serves as a conduit for the idea to later Christians. Menasseh ben Israel and Jacob Boehme are important in this regard.

Keywords:   Aquinas, Jacob Boehme, Hildegard von Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Peter Lombard, Menasseh ben Israel, Neoplatonism, Rabbinical, Bernard Silvester, Timaeus

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