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Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer

Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer, 1150 — Hildegard von Bingen

Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer is a Medieval, Ink, Gold Leaf Drawing created by Hildegard von Bingen in 1150. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Catholicism, Mysticism, and Jesus Christ. Source

The first vision in book two of Hildegard von Bingen's masterwork, Scivias. This vision focused on Adam and Christ, where Adam fails to pick a flower representing "the sweet precept of obedience". In a radical revision of Genesis, instead of Satan tempting Adam with the knowledge of good and evil, this knowledge was a gift from God that Adam ignored. Redemption follows represented by the stars of the patriarchs, the prophets, John the Baptist and finally Christ himself.

Hildegard von Bingen was considered a mystic theologian, and her canonization was contentious — but her visions were more than just imaginative — they were a thoughtful and deliberate redefinition of God's relationship with mankind.

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