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Divine Feminine In Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated and Explained (Skylight Illuminations) Paperback – 13 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths (13 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594731098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594731099
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The first of God's creations and God's endless delight, Wisdom (also known as Chochma and Sophia) is the Mother of all life and the guide to right living. The voice of the Divine Feminine in the Holy Scriptures of Jews and Christians Wisdom's teachings are passionate, powerful and rarely heard. That is about to change. Drawing from 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. 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, freed to speak her mind in a manner that is liberating, uplifting and intrinsically 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 yet unobtrusive commentary that explains the selections' meanings and messages and makes plain the Divine Feminine's call to find her, Wisdom, in all things.

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By Gina Cardosi on 10 July 2013
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I had read the script if a talk given by the author so it is great to have this book. It gives some unusual insights into the scripture passages.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Daughter of the Voice 2 Nov 2006
By Peter M. Schogol - Published on
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Rami Shapiro once commented "...if I were still in the synagogue business I think I would drop the standard Torah readings and focus on the Wisdom Books of the Bible -- Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Job -- and the God who teaches us how to examine life and in so doing discover for ourselves the principles of godliness that we are to live and teach." This God is the Divine Feminine of the present book.

One reviewer criticizes THE DIVINE FEMININE for not being scholarly. The book was not intended for scholars but for seeking laypersons who are coming to the conclusion that a post-nostalgic Judaism groping towards a cosmologically-grounded and naturalistic theism needs new ways of looking at God, Israel, and Torah. THE DIVINE FEMININE offers a refreshing and inspiring approach to all three.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A breath of much needed fresh air 26 Sep 2005
By BuikD - Published on
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When I got this book in the mail I thought I would just read a couple pages to get a feel for it but I ended up reading the whole thing that night. It is more of a devotional with about 180 pages of selected passages with author notes on the facing page.

The Wisdom Literature the author sites comes from these seven books:

* Psalms

* Proverbs

* Job

* The Song of Songs

* Ecclesiastes

* Wisdom of Solomon

* The Wisdom of Jesus Ben Sirach

The book itself is divided into five topical sections

* Foreward & Introduction (I found his personal story interesting and the historical information on the books a good frame of reference on how to approach the various verses)

* Who Is She?

* Where Is She Found?

* What Does She Teach?

* The Way of the Wise

You would think that with having to read it all the first night I would have given it 5 stars, however I found some of the passages a bit ambiguous in terms of relating to the divine feminine and in some areas he relied heavily on one book or chapter of scripture. I found it to be an excellent starting point, making me want to find and read the two "non-biblical" books he referenced.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Divine Feminine 6 Nov 2006
By Susan Proctor - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a big fan of Rami Shairo, I was a bit disappointed in this book. I was expecting his usual deep insights that instruct and challenge and ultimately lead me onto untraveled spaces of thinking and spirtuality. Instead, this book reads more like a Bartletts Familar Quotations of Biblical Wisdom Literature. I'm happy to own the book - but probably would not recommend it as one of his best.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Selections from the Bible that extoll wisdom 8 Feb 2013
By Israel Drazin - Published on
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Rabbi Shapiro is a frequent author of Skylight Path Publishing books. He is a very clear writer and informative, and many people benefit from reading his books. He has his own theology, but whether one agrees with him or not, readers gain a wealth of information and insights from his volumes. While readers might suppose that this book offers one of what they might call Rabbi Shapiro's unorthodox views, this is not true. The rabbi shows readers selections from several biblical books that extol wisdom, which the Bible describes as a woman, as being so important that it is metaphorically divine. The selections are placed on right-hand pages and Rabbi Shapiro's explanations are on the left.

For example: Proverbs 8:22-26 has Wisdom say in Rabbi Shapiro's translation:
God is my Source,
and I am His creation.
Before time - I am.
Before beginnings - I am.
There were as yet no oceans when I was born,
no springs deep and overflowing.
I am older than mountains.
Elder to the hills, the valleys, and the fields.
Before even the first lumps of clay emerged - I am.

This book captures the teaching that the most important possession that people should acquire is wisdom. The selections dramatize that the world itself is designed to work with wisdom, God's first creation. The New Testament book John begins with a version of this quote. It uses the Greek logos that means "wisdom." Since logos also means "word," most translations render it "word," most likely incorrectly since the author of John was clearly paraphrasing Proverbs. Readers who are unfamiliar with the biblical teaching about wisdom will gain much by reading this book and even those who know this already should read the book to be reminded again.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A divine survey of Sophia 18 Mar 2006
By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer - Published on
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Students of the Bible who wish a survey of feminist teachings in biblical literature will find a fine survey which provides explanations of Sophia's way of wisdom in THE DIVINE FEMININE IN BIBLICAL WISDOM LITERATURE: a gathering of selections annotated and explained with facing-page commentary. Readers may be surprised to learn there is a feminine aspect to the Old Testament, and may not know about Wisdom Literature: Wisdom Literature combines four Hebrew books of the Old Testament with two Greek texts and provides passages which are excellent commentaries on feminine aspects of spiritual traditions.
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