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The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature

Selections Annotated & Explained

Translation & Annotation by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Foreword by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD

5.5 x 8.5, 240 pp, Paperback
978-1-59473-109-9

           

A “Best Spiritual Book of the Year.”   —Spirituality & Practice

The pure and penetrating message of the Divine Feminine—
Wisdom—can become a companion for your own spiritual journey

The first of God’s creations and God’s endless delight, Wisdom (also known as Chochma and Sophia) is the Mother of all life, the guide to right living—She is God manifest in the world you encounter moment to moment. Her teachings, embedded in the Holy Scriptures of Jews and Christians, are passionate, powerful calls to live in harmony, love with integrity and act joyously.
Through the Hebrew books of Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes and Job, and the Wisdom literature books of Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon, the Divine Feminine speaks to you directly, and Her only desire is to teach you to become wise. Rami Shapiro’s contemporary translations and powerful commentaries clarify who Wisdom is, what She teaches, and how Her words can help you live justly, wisely and with compassion. This is not a book about Wisdom but the voice of Wisdom Herself, liberating, uplifting and compelling.
Now you can experience the Divine Feminine and understand Her teachings with no previous knowledge of Wisdom literature. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents insightful commentary that explains Sophia’s way of wisdom and illustrates the countless opportunities to experience Her creative energy through which God fashions all things.
“Collects the best biblical passages affirming the Divine Feminine, translates them beautifully and gives us a careful nuanced discussion of each of them.... A fine textbook resource for courses or study groups.”
Stevan Davies, author of The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated & Explained; professor of religious studies, College Misericordia
“A fine survey which provides explanations of Sophia’s way of wisdom.... Excellent commentaries on feminine aspects of spiritual traditions.”
Midwest Book Review
“The timeless heart of Wisdom Herself, a modern day Tao Te Ching that is accessible to any person, from any background, interested in authentic spiritual illumination. A book to treasure all the days of your life, a living teaching with the power to awaken you to clear seeing and right action.”
Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of A Woman’s Journey to God
“Sung with sweet authority from within the embrace of Mother Wisdom…. A luminous and deeply moving love song.”
Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown, professor of religious studies, Naropa University; author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism
“Pays tribute to Mother Wisdom, who in the teachings of the Hebrew Bible proves Herself to be a nurturing presence.”
Spirituality & Health
“Unmasks the Divine Feminine…. Rami Shapiro’s selection of passages from the Wisdom literature and his personal reflections bring us face to face with the Mother of all life…. Expands our hearts and transforms the limits of our interior landscape.”
Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, Wisdom House Retreat Center, Litchfield, Connecticut
“Rami Shapiro’s selection and elucidation of scripture is personally fearless and profoundly faithful to the truth and wisdom we all need in our lives.”
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation and What We Ache For
“Clear, engaging and instructive ... a valuable teaching tool as well as an excellent corrective for any who view the sacred texts of Judaism as being irredeemably patriarchal.”
Union of Liberal & Progressive Synagogues Newsletter
“A book to ponder and savor…. Offers articulate, rich text that engages the reader from the first word. Will enrich your spiritual journey and inspire you to pray for the gift of Wisdom for yourself.”
Sr. Bernadette Marie Teasdale, SCL, Contemplative Outreach of Colorado
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and retreat leader focusing in Christian Spirituality. She is principal teacher for the Contemplative Society in Victoria, British Columbia, and founding director of the Aspen Wisdom School in Aspen, Colorado. Her books include Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Encountering the Wisdom Jesus, Mystical Hope, and Love Is Stronger than Death. She serves on the core faculty for the Spiritual Paths Foundation whose mission is to promote curiosity, respect, and acceptance between people of diverse spiritual traditions.
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