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Florence Nightingale’s Spiritual Journey: Biblical Annotations, Sermons and Journal Notes

Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 2

Edited by Lynn McDonald
Series Collected Works of Florence Nightingale Hide Details
Hardcover : 9780889203662, 598 pages, February 2002
Ebook (PDF) : 9780889207066, 598 pages, January 2006

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Florence Nightingale’s Spiritual Journey: Biblical Annotations, Sermons, and Journal Notes: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 2, edited by Lynn McDonald
Acknowledgements
Dramatis Personae
List of Illustrations
A Précis of the Collected Works
Introduction to Volume 2
An Overview of Nightingale’s Spiritual Journey
Theological Views
The Character of God the Father
Jesus the Son and Saviour
The Holy Spirit
Atonement and Forgiveness
Sin and the Problem of Evil
Miracles and Signs
Eternity, Judgment, Heaven and Hell
The Bible
The Sacraments
Unitarian and Wesleyan Connections
The Church of England
Comparative Religion
The Practice of Religion
Christian Duty
Public Health Care as Christian Duty
The Proper Approach to Prayer
Devotional Reading
Missionary Work
Christian Feminism
Nursing as a Divine Vocation
Practical Mysticism
Identification with Religious Figures
Her Voices
Blessings and Peace
Nightingale’s Unpublished and Published Writing on Religion
Conclusions: Saint, “Lesser Saint” or No Saint at All?
Nightingale’s Biblical Annotations
Key to Editing
Introduction
Old Testament
Epistle Dedicatory
Genesis
The Second Book of Moses, Called Exodus
The Third Book of Moses, Called Leviticus
The Fourth Book of Moses, Called Numbers
The Fifth Book of Moses, Called Deuteronomy
The First Book of Samuel, Otherwise Called, The First Book of Kings
The Second Book of Samuel, Otherwise Called, The Second Book of Kings
The First Book of the Kings, Commonly Called, The Third Book of the Kings
The Second Book of the Kings, Commonly Called, The Fourth Book of the Kings
The First Book of the Chronicles
The Second Book of the Chronciles
The Book of Job
The Book of Psalms
The Proverbs
Ecclesiastes; or, The Preacher
The Book of the Prophet Isaiah
The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah
The Lamentations of Jeremiah
The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel
The Book of Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Micah
Nahum
Zechariah
Malachi
Pages Following the Old Testament
New Testament
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
The Acts of the Apostles
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians
The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians
The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians
The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians
The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy
The Epistle of Paul to Titus
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews
The General Epistle of James
The First Epistle General of Peter
The Second Epistle General of Peter
The First Epistle General of John
The Second Epistle General of John
The Revelation of St. John the Divine
The End of the Bible
Annotations from the Jubilee Bible
Sermons and Journal Notes
Sermons
Introduction
“Strait Is the Gate”
“Be Ye Perfect”
“Lord, to Whom Shall We Go?”
Letters and Notes about Sermons
Journal Notes
Short, Dated Notes on Religion (1844–77)
1844
1845
1848
1850
1851
1852
1854
1855
1856
1857
1858
Early 1860s
1864
1865
1866
1867
1868
1869
1870
1871
1872
1873
1874
1876–1877
1877 Diary
Journal Notes
Short Notes on Religion (1878–1904)
1878
1887
1888
1889
1890
1891
1892
1893
1894
1895
1896
1897
1898
1899
Undated Late Notes
Last Dated Notes (1900–1904)
1900
1901
1904
Bibliography
Index

Description

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is widely known as the heroine of the Crimean War and the founder of the modern profession of nursing. She was also a scholar and political activist who wrote and worked assiduously on many reform causes for more than forty years.
This series will confirm Nightingale as an important and significant nineteenth-century scholar and illustrate how she integrated her scholarship with political activism. Indispensable to scholars, and accessible and revealing to the general reader, it will show there is much more to know about Florence Nightingale than the “lady with the lamp.”
Although a life-long member of the Church of England, Nightingale has been described as both a Unitarian and a significan nineteenth-century mystic. Volume 2 begins with an introduction to the beliefs, influences and practices of this complex person. The second and largest part of this volume consists of Nightingale’s biblical annotations, made at various stages of her life (some dated, some not). The third part of volume 2 contains her journal notes, including her diary for 1877, which is published here for the first time. Much of this material is highly personal, even confessional in nature. Some of it is profoundly moving and will serve to show the complexity and power of Nightingale’s faith.
Currently, Volumes 1 to 11 are available in e-book version by subscription or from university and college libraries through the following vendors: Canadian Electronic Library, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Netlibrary.

Reviews

The details and explications of her views...are presented in carefully annotated and insightful editorial discussions....[These volumes] provide a more complete understanding of this complex woman, extending our appreciation of her much beyond the `The Lady with the Lamp' legend.... The product of rigorous scholarship, of meticulous historical research--and a labour of love.

- Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Volume 21/1, 2004, 2005 October

[I]t is clear that this is an academic project of the highest importance and integrity. It will have an impact on the work of scholars far beyond the immediate field of health history. Nightingale's interests were wide-ranging and her correspondence included some of the leading thinkers of her day....The editing of these volumes is exemplary. Every reference has been followed up, including the identification of minor dramatis personae. Important personalities are accorded short biographies. On every page there are biblical allusions, which are faithfully identified. Each thematic section has an introductory essay and these are amplified by a full outline of Nightingale's life and thought in volume 1. This project makes a major contribution to scholarship which will be of permanent value.

- Helen Mathers, University of Sheffield, Ecclesiastical History

The Collected Works will allow us to see for the first time the full complexity of this extraordinary and multifacted woman. It will be a tool of enormous value not only to Nightgale scholars and biographers, but also to historians of a wide variety of aspects of Victorian society: war, the army, public health nursing, religion, India, women's issues and so on.

- Mark Bostridge, Times Literary Supplement, January 10, 2003, 2003 October

The Nightingale project ranks with both the Gladstone diaries and the Disraeli letters as a major undertaking in the field of Victorian-era scholarship, and therefore is of surpassing value to historians of the period, as well as to general readers.

- C. Brad Faught, Tyndale University College, Toronto, Anglican and Episcopal History, Vol. 81 (1), March 2012, 2012 April