Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism
The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism is amulti-authored interdisciplinary guide to the study of Christianmysticism, with an emphasis on the third through the seventeenthcenturies. The book is thematically organized in terms of thecentral contexts, practices and concepts associated with themystical life in early, medieval and early modern Christianity.This book looks beyond the term 'mysticism', which was an earlymodern invention, to explore the ways in which the ancient terms'mystic' and 'mystical' were used in the Christian tradition: whatkinds of practices, modes of life and experiences were described as'mystical'? What understanding of Christianity and of the life ofChristian perfection is articulated through mysticalinterpretations of scripture, mystical contemplation, mysticalvision, mystical theology or mystical union? This volume bothprovides a clear introduction to the Christian mystical life andarticulates a bold new approach to the study of mysticism.