The last fifty years has seen a resurgence of interest in Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth-century mystic, theologian, and nun. As her story is taken up by various scholars, the image of Hildegard that is presented tells us as much about the scholars as it tells us about Hildegard. By isolating two scholars who take Hildegard’s work seriously, we can investigate the ways that the interpreter can shape what they find in a historical source for a particular theological purpose. Barbara Newman and Pope Benedict XVI approach Hildegard from very different perspectives and the vision of Hildegard that they each present tells us as much about these scholars and their interests as they do about Hildegard hers
Cynthia Cameron is a PhD student in theology and eductaion at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. She has was a teacher and administrator at Catholic secondary schools in Connecticut and Washington, DC. Her interests include Catholic education for young women, feminist theology, and Scripture.