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Wisdom Has Built Her House : Studies on the Figure of Sophia in the Bible - Silvia Schroer

Wisdom Has Built Her House

Studies on the Figure of Sophia in the Bible

By: Silvia Schroer, Linda M. Maloney (Translator), William McDonough (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780814659342
Number Of Pages: 175

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"Silvia Schroer's stunning work on Wisdom breaks new ground, with its challenge to move beyond traditional and Western ways of hearing, reading, and interpreting the biblical text. The work calls all people to ethical responsibility for the sake of all creation. Written with grace, illumined by insight, and meticulously researched, this text is thoroughly engaging. It takes into account the images of personified wisdom as they appear in both the First and Second Testaments. "Schroer's work offers both the scholarly community and the general public a new and bold sense of great hope in the midst of the ongoing global struggle for solidarity: human beings with one another, and human beings with creation. Distinctly refreshing in its approach, depth, and breadth, this work needs to be a part of every scholarly conversation on Wisdom. It must be taken seriously by readers in general if transformation at its deepest level is to continue, and the reign of God celebrated." -- Carol J. Dempsey, University of Portland

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. . . a remarkable achievement.Bernadette Brooten, Brandeis University

Forewordp. xi
Wisdom on the Path of Righteousness (Proverbs 8:20)p. 1
Faith in the Connection between Action and Consequence--Or the Ancient Near Eastern and Israelite Belief in Justice Before Deathp. 1
The Ethical Order as Part of a Cosmic Orderp. 3
Through Wisdom to Righteousness: Starting Point for a Feminist Theologyp. 6
Divine Wisdom and Postexilic Monotheismp. 15
The Central Feminist-Theological Questions Surrounding the Phenomenon of Personified Wisdomp. 16
Women's Wisdom at the City Gates and the House of Wisdomp. 18
The Literary and Theological Function of the Personification of Hokma in the Book of Proverbsp. 26
Image of Woman--Image of God--Monotheism. Points of Contact for a Feminist-Theological Reconstruction of the Historical and Religious-Historical Backgroundsp. 30
The Fate of Divine Wisdom in the Later Wisdom Literaturep. 36
Sophia: The Future of a Feminist Christian Spiritualityp. 39
Wise Women and Counselors in Israel: Models for Personified Hokmap. 52
Personified Wisdom: Foundation for a New Spirituality?p. 52
Wisdom as Counselorp. 53
Women as Counselors in Israelp. 55
Wise Women as Counselorsp. 55
Wives as Advisorsp. 56
The King's Mother as Advisor and the Mothers of the Nationp. 58
Women Counselors in Israel: Literary and Historical Prototypes for Wisdom as Counselorp. 60
The Socio-Religious Background for the Image of God as Wisdomp. 61
Wisdom as Counselor: Source for a Feminist Christian Spirituality Today?p. 63
"And When the Next War Began...." The Wise Woman of Abel of Beth-maacah (2 Samuel 20:14-22)p. 69
Rescue from Dangerp. 69
The Wise Women of Israelp. 70
Then a head rolled...p. 72
A Fantasy of the Distant Future?p. 73
Suggestions For Practical Bible Studyp. 74
Abigail: A Wise Woman Works for Peacep. 78
The One Lord and Male Dominance in the Book of Jesus Sirach: The Image of Woman and the Image of Wisdom in a Misogynist Documentp. 84
Jesus Sirach's Image of Womanp. 85
The Figure of Personified Wisdom in the Context of the Book of Sirachp. 90
"All Wisdom Is From the Lord"p. 90
Wisdom in the Image of the Tree Goddessp. 91
Wisdom as the Object of Male Lustp. 93
Conclusionp. 94
Personified Sophia in the Book of Wisdomp. 98
A Feminist Approach to the Figure and to the Book of Wisdomp. 98
Manifestations and Attributes of Sophia in Wisdom 6-10p. 100
From Text to Contextp. 102
The Therapeutrides: Jewish Women in Contemplative Communitiesp. 102
The Power of the Goddess: Isis and Sophiap. 104
Feminist Theological Assessmentsp. 107
The Function of Personified Sophia in the Book of Wisdomp. 107
Sophia: Symbol of Unity in Variety and Teacher of Righteousnessp. 109
Jesus Sophia Contributions of Feminist Scholarship to an Early Christian Interpretation of the Praxis and Fate of Jesus of Nazarethp. 113
Personified Wisdom in Postexilic and Early Jewish Texts in the Biblep. 114
Sophia-God and Jesus-Sophia in the Second Testamentp. 115
The Sitz im Leben of Jesus-Sophia Theologyp. 120
Perspectives of a Feminist Sophia Christologyp. 123
The Spirit, Wisdom, and the Dove: Feminist-Critical Exegesis of a Second Testament Symbol Against the Background of Its History in Ancient Near Eastern and Hellenistic-Early Jewish Traditionsp. 132
The Dove at Jesus' Baptism: An Ambiguous Symbol?p. 132
The Bird Messenger of the Ancient Near Eastern Love Goddessesp. 134
A Divine Turtledove in the Second Testamentp. 138
The Dove as Symbol of Wisdom in Philo of Alexandriap. 140
Jesus-Sophia and God-Sophia in Early Christianityp. 143
The Early Church's Interpretations of the Dove at the Jordanp. 148
A Female Image of God in Christian Traditionp. 153
Acknowledgmentsp. 164
General Indexp. 166
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 170
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ISBN: 9780814659342
ISBN-10: 0814659349
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.69  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.26

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