Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I certainly have found the parables difficult. The professor wants to stress this.
But one concept that he introduced early was Sophia, goddess of wisdom, a powerful diety, mostly of Greek origin with Hebrew roots. But I had never heard of Sophia. Certainly recent feminist theologies and observances incorporate Sophia. But, whew, reading some of the conservative Christian sites, they do everything they can think of to discredit Sophia because only men count; only men can be divine.
Discrediting of Mary Magdalene as a prostitute likely an extension of this thinking. Amazing how all of us internalize this idea of men being the only spokespeople of the divine.