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This paper outlines a few strategies for reading Meister Eckhart’s famous sermon on the first beatitude (Pr. 52). It looks at the political and ecclesiastical background of Eckhart’s teaching on poverty, some ways to manage the role of paradox in his preaching, and how to navigate tensions between the spirit and the letter of his text.

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This is an author-manuscript of an article accepted for publication in Medieval Mystical Theology. The published version of this record is available online at doi:

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Moore, Ian Alexander. “How to Read Meister Eckhart’s Poverty Sermon,” Medieval Mystical Theology 31, no. 1 (2022): 22-32.

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