Meister Eckhart, the Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises, and Defense

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2. SELECTIONS FROM THE
COMMENTARIES ON GENESIS 1

A. PROLOGUE TO THE
WORK OF EXPOSITIONS I 2

"In the beginning God created heaven and earth." The third principal part of the Three-Part Work, namely the Work of Commentaries, begins here.

By way of preface it should be noted beforehand that I have gone through the Old and the New Testaments in order from beginning to end and I have written down whatever came to me then and whatever I remembered I said about the interpretation of these authoritative texts at any time. Not to be long-winded, I have taken care to abbreviate or to omit completely most of it, especially so that the better and more useful interpretations that the saints and venerable teachers, particularly Brother Thomas, have written are not neglected. On a few occasions I decided merely to note where their interpretations are to be found. Sometimes I thought that they should be briefly discussed. Let us begin with the words "In the beginning."


B. THE COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF GENESIS 3

1. Augustine treats this introduction of the Book of Genesis at length, especially in his Literal Commentary on Genesis, his On Genesis against the Manichaeans and in the three final books of the Confessions. Ambrose and Basil do the same in their Commentaries on the Hexaemeron. 4 Rabbi Moses treats it especially in book two, chapter thirty‐

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Classics of Western Spirituality *
  • The Classics of Western Spirituality a Library of the Great Spiritual Masters *
  • Meister Eckhart - The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises, and Defense *
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Foreword xvii
  • Introduction *
  • Key to Abbreviations *
  • 1. Historical Data 5
  • 2. Theological Summary 24
  • 3. a Note on Eckhart's Works and the Present Selections 62
  • Part One Latin Works 68
  • 1. Documents Relating to Eckhart's Condemnation *
  • 2. Selections from the Commentaries on Genesis 82
  • 3. Selections from the Commentary on John 122
  • Part Two German Works *
  • 1. Selected Sermons *
  • 2. Treatises 209
  • Notes 294
  • Bibliography 349
  • Index to Preface, Introduction and Notes 354
  • Index to Text 360
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