This week we peek into the world of the Dominican order. Between the readings of the last three or four weeks and the introductions to the Eckhart collections, I don't think you're going to need to do a great deal of background exploration. One thing I'd like for you to think about as you read is how Eckhart straddles the world of elite learning and the world of lay piety (as seen in his collection of Latin and vernacular sermons) in a distinctive way. Certainly we've seen other mystics combine Latin learning with vernacular literature and lay piety, but Eckhart does this with an unusually high level of theological training and the particularly Dominican imperative to preach. (The Dominican Order is also called the Ordinum Predicatorum, Order of Preachers.) We will want to explore Eckhart's brush with authority and how his experience differed from Marguerite Porete's. We will also be looking at the impact of Eckhart's mysticism on vernacular culture through the lens of Schwester Katrei's text.

Any questions you may have about the Dominican Order can probably be answered by a trip to Dominican Central's Tradition web page.