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Theologia Germanica

An anonymous treatise probably originating in the late fourteenth century. It was written in the mystical tradition of the late [[Middle Ages]] associated with the names of Tauler* and Eckhart.* It emphasized humility, self- negation, and a mystical union with God. The work impressed [[Martin Luther]], who thought he found in it precedents for his own theology, and he published an incomplete edition in 1516. In 1518 he published a complete edition with a preface in which he stated: “no book except the Bible and St. Augustine has come to my attention from which I have learned more about God, Christ, man and all things.” The book does not in fact teach Luther's theology, but reveals the influence of a number of medieval theological traditions. It was placed on the Index* in 1621, although it contained nothing that made it antithetical to the doctrine of the Medieval Church. Since the Reformation it has appealed to a wide variety of different groups, including later German Pietists. Over