Lectio Divina as Contemplative Pedagogy: Re-appropriating Monastic Practice for the Humanities, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Lectio Divina as Contemplative Pedagogy

Re-appropriating Monastic Practice for the Humanities, 1st Edition

By Mary Keator


226 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Offering an original application of the ancient monastic practice of lectio divina to the humanities, this book demonstrates the need for further emphasis on deep reading, reflection, and contemplation in contemporary university classrooms. Each chapter provides readers with an historical overview of the four movements of this monastic method: lectio (reading), meditatio (interpreting), oratio (responding), and contemplatio (experiencing wisdom), and suggests ways to incorporate these practices in humanites courses. Keator demonstrates that the lectio divina method is a viable pedagogical tool to guide students slowly and methodically through literary texts and into a subjective experience of wisdom and meaning.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Contemporary Contemplative Movement

Chapter 2: The Historical Roots of Lectio Divina

Chapter 3: Lectio: Encountering the Text

Chapter 4: Meditatio: The Search for Meaning

Chapter 5: Oratio: Responding to the Text

Chaper 6: Contemplatio: Experiencing Wisdom


About the Author

Mary Keator, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Ancient/Medieval World Literature and English Composition at Westfield State University, USA, and lecturer in the Religious Studies and Education Departments at The Elms College.

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Routledge Research in Education

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
RELIGION / Philosophy