Jesus Sophia: Returning to Woman Wisdom in the Bible, Practice, and Prayer (Paperback)
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In this groundbreaking book, Sally Douglas excavates biblical and early Christian understandings of Jesus as the female divine. Drawing from her expertise as a New Testament scholar and theologian, Douglas accessibly sets out the evidence for Jesus Sophia and then explores its practical implications, both for the church--often suffocated by God-as-male imagery--and for our day-to-day lives. Questions about discipleship, biblical interpretation, and theology are investigated in relation to Jesus Sophia's hospitality, friendship, anger, non-retaliation, and care for all things. In this process understandings of the cross are revisited, female imagery for God is reclaimed and celebrated, fresh and ancient practices of faith are offered, and inclusive, exquisite liturgies are shared. With dynamism, humor, faithfulness, and creativity, Douglas encourages, unsettles, and supports readers, as they discover Jesus Sophia for themselves.
About the Author
Sally Douglas is a biblical scholar, theologian, author, and Uniting Church Minister whose work disrupts neat categories. Through attending to biblical and early church texts, Sally investigates the question 'so what might this mean for us?'. She publishes regularly and is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer at Pilgrim Theological College, within the University of Divinity, Melbourne. Her books include Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity (Bloomsbury T&T Clark 2016) and The Church Triumphant as Salt: Becoming the Community Jesus Speaks About (Coventry, 2021).