The essay deals with the theme of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit in a group of early Middle High German works dating from the XII century: a Commentary on the Our Father, the Siebenzahl (or De vii Sigillis), Priester Arnolt’s Loblied auf den heiligen Geist and a passage of Frau Ava’s Leben Jesu devoted to the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The analysis focuses on the connections between these texts and the devotional literature of medieval Germany, with particular regards to the numerological philosophy, and above all to the symbolism of number “seven”. Attention will be paid to the didactic and catechetic role of the the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirits within these works, highlighting a number of literary motifs and allegorical elements which provide their ideological foundation.
|Numero di pagine||30|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2016|