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Lectio divina
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[German Version]

Monastic lectio divina is the prayerful, holistic reading of Scripture; together with the liturgy and labor, it shapes the everyday monastic routine. It is the basis of monastic theology, which reached its highest development in the 12th century (William of Saint-Thierry). Repetitive reading with the goal of memorization was already among the mental exercises cultivated as a way of life by ancient philosophy. It continued on in early Christian monasticism and in the Jewish practice of murmured meditation of the Psalms. Central to lectio divina was the passion of …

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Pfeifer, Michaela, “Lectio divina”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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