Sophia & Jesus mixed, January 23
Many scripture scholars have noted parallels between the Jesus portrayed in the Gospel of John and Sophia, the female personification of wisdom in the Hebrew Scriptures (known to Christians as the Old Testament). “Sophia” in Greek means wisdom and is grammatically feminine.
Goddess or god? January 31, 2013
I hope you had fun sorting out the Bible verses I quoted last week mixing Sophia with Jesus, two parallel personifications of God. I had fun choosing the verses.
- Both speak in long discourses in first person, and both speak poetically.
- Both reveal God and give instruction on what pleases God.
- Both walk the streets, crying out their message and offering their gifts.
- Both lead people to life and immortality.
- Both refer to their followers as children and both use metaphors of food and water to describe their spiritual gifts.
- Both are rejected.
My purpose in this exercise is to provoke realization that exclusive and repetitive HeHimHis God-talk keeps us from distinguishing between male images and the reality of God. It prevents appreciation of the Transcendent Mystery beyond our capacity to comprehend. It directs us toward worship of idols. If we want to advance in understanding of spiritual reality, we must change our habits.
The cultural context that made possible a Hebrew personification of God in female form was pagan Goddess worship.