Week 9 – Sugirtharajah: God…Sophia; Rivera

In this work, I was again challenged in my reading and understanding of Jesus.  Rivera challenges a patriarchal reading of logos that discounts or ignores the feminine expression of wisdom, and her presence with YHWH in the beginning.  Her presence in the wisdom literature, where her embodiment of the stranger and foreigner in the form of a woman, may denote a challenge of the historical context of patriarchalism and nationalism in Israel.  Rivera does an most excellent work of bringing the texts that affirm a more feminine reading of Sophia/Jesus as synonymous, where our own exegetical readings may gloss over and allow us to see things through pre-conceived and systemic flaws.

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~ by Brian Shope on November 23, 2007.

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