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Introduction

Edited by Bridget Morris

in The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden: Volume II

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780195166262
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199868223 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166262.003.0149
Introduction

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Book V, also known as the Liber Quaestionum (The Book of Questions), comprises sixteen “interrogations,” each divided into questions and answers, and a number of separate “revelations” that are interspersed among them. This apparently scholastic debate raises a number of theological issues, such as the created order of the world, natural theology, Christology and aspects of the Incarnation, and the justice of God's providence and divine grace. The introduction to Book V examines some of the themes of individual skepticism, the quest for theological understanding, and intellectual arrogance. It also discusses the identity of the monk-on-the-ladder and considers the role of the interspersed revelations in the book.

Keywords: Interrogations; Liber Quaestionum; The Book of Questions; monk-on-the-ladder; scholastic debate; Christology; incarnation; divine grace

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Subjects: Christianity

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