Johannes Tauler

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Johannes Tauler
German mystic, a Catholic preacher and a theologian
Known for most important Rhineland Mystics

Tauler, Johannes


Born in Strasbourg circa 1300; died there June 16,1361. German thinker, mystic, and preacher.

A member of the Dominican order, Tauler was a pupil of Meister Eckart. Tauler imparted a popular character to the ideas of the German mystics of the Middle Ages, paying particular attention to moral activity and pressing social problems. He contrasted the practical ideal of a community of “friends of God” with the formalism of feudal and clerical institutions. Tauler’s interpretation of the New Testament’s description of the “passive” and “active” man influenced M. Luther, while his teachings on man’s call to action in the struggle for ethical ideals were reinterpreted by T. Munzer.


Predigten, vols. 1–2. Jena, 1913.
Predigten. Freiburg, 1961.


Ley, H. Ocherk istorii srednevekovogo materializma. Moscow, 1962. Pages 547–68. (Translated from German.).
J. Tauler, ein deutscher Mystiker, Gedenkschrift zum 600. Todestag, Essen, 1961.
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In particular, the Rhineland mystics (Meister Eckhart, Johannes Tauler, and Heinrich Suso) believed in the mystic's need to remain quiet in order to listen to God, but they also believed in the incredible power of the spoken and written word.
En su lugar se habrian radicalizado aun mas las tesis espiritualistas de algunos medievales, con un sesgo claramente milenarista al modo de Joaquin de Fiore, como al menos anteriormente tambien habria ocurrido en los casos del Maestro Eckhart (1260-1328), el Doctor iluminado Johannes Tauler (1300-1361) o el autor anonimo de la Teologia alemana, o en menor medida, en los protestantes espirituales mas moderados como Karlstadt (1486-1541) o Thomas Muntzer (1489-1525), o en los propios teologos protestantes oficiales, Sebastian Franck (1499-1552), Hans Denck ([cruz]-1553), Caspar Schweckfeld (1489-1561) o Hans Buenderlin ([cruz]-1553).
This prayer is answered in a dream vision by Johannes Tauler, the fourteenth-century Alsatian mystic, who will subsequently be Becker's spiritual mentor.
The lion gets angry and the situation is getting dangerous, when the singing voice of Johannes Tauler intervenes, feeding the word 'conscience' into the dispute.
Another visit from Johannes Tauler ('Die Erleuchtung', II/2, 287-94) puts him on his way to his mother's and Hilde's Christian belief.
Eric Lund traces the ambivalent reception of Johannes Tauler in Lutheran circles.
Eric Lund's examination of Lutherans' selective use of the ideas of the fourteenth-century mystic Johannes Tauler provides important insight to the Reformation in medieval perspective, so important to the early scholarship of Ozment.
Hamburger aptly examines a commentary, "The 'Various Writings of Humanity': Johannes Tauler on Hildegard of Bingen's Liber Scivias.
His sources are to be found in the traditions of medieval mysticism (Meister Eckhart, Johannes Tauler, the Theologia Germanica), Renaissance philosophy (Nicholas Cusanus and Paracelsus), and Reformation-era radical theologians (Sebastian Franck, Andreas Karlstadt, Caspar Schwenckfeld).