Review Article

The God of Julian of Norwich: A Christological reading in a follow-up key

Edith Gonzalez-Bernal
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 44, No 1 | a2893 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v44i1.2893 | © 2023 Edith Gonzalez-Bernal | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 2023 | Published: 28 September 2023

About the author(s)

Edith Gonzalez-Bernal, Facultad de Teologia, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Abstract

This article presents some of the results of the research on the God that Julian of Norwich makes known to us through her Christological revelations. This woman left a writing about her revelations, in which Jesus Christ is the centre of her theology. In this document, the motherhood of God is manifested as the foundation of human nature. In this research, we wanted to answer the question about what the keys to the theological reading are that we find in Julian of Norwich, which are able to contribute to rethinking current Christology. We turn to hermeneutics as the method that offers an understanding that the theological exercise of interpreting is an art, a practice and a science, a reading and a rewriting based on the existing sources. The results allow us to rethink Christology from a mystical point of view and following Jesus, with an understandable, questioning, propositional and narrative language.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article contributes to research regarding women and their theological production. It highlights the Christological reading that Juliana of Norwich made and that becomes a point of reference for analysing and interpreting the action of God from a vision of Verbo incarnation as our mother. The novelty that this research offers is in the identification and deepening of three important categories for theology: a Christology that re-signifies sin and suffering; a Christology of trust, supplication and petition; and a Christology of Jesus’ motherhood.


Keywords

Juliana of Norwich; Christology; Motherhood of God; following; faith; mystic; revelations.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 5: Gender equality

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