The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated and Explained

Author:   Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Publisher:   Jewish Lights Publishing
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9781594731099


Pages:   240
Publication Date:   13 February 2006
Format:   Paperback
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The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated and Explained


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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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Author:   Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Publisher:   Jewish Lights Publishing
Imprint:   SkyLight Paths Publishing,US
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 21.60cm
ISBN:  

9781594731099


ISBN 10:   1594731098
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   13 February 2006
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
Limited stock is available. It will be ordered for you and shipped pending supplier's limited stock.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Cynthia Bourgeault Acknowledgments Introduction The Song of Songs as the Holy of Holies God's Daughter Wisdom as the Divine Feminine Back to the Garden From Eve to the Shulamite Through My Flesh I See God The Song of Songs as Jewish Maithuna Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight The Path of Ecstasy: How to Use the Song of Songs Notes to Front and Back Matter Bibliography

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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 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 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 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


You are intimate with Wisdom. She has known you from the beginning. You cannot hide frorn Her. On the contrary, you can take refuge in Her. This is what She offers you. You do not have to earn Her love or be other than you are. No pretense with Her; she knows you and loves you for who you are - Herself writes Rabbi Rami Shapiro (Hasidic Tales: Annotated and explained) in this salutary and enlightening work. These teachings of Mother Wisdorn are from the Psalms, Proverbs, Job, the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes and the Greek texts the Wisdom of Solomon and the Wisdom of Jesus Ben Sirach.In both Hebrew and Greek, the original language of these texts, Chochma and Sophia are feminine nouns. She is Mother, God's consort and bride, the Divine Feminine through which God created the wild and wonderful world Shapiro. As the Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault points out in the forerword, sees these teachings of the Hebrew Bible as taking their place within the deeper Wisdom of humanity, adding their individual voices to the universal message since time immemorial: Only through the transformation of the heart can humankind arrive at a stable and enduring peace. It's also a good thing that a man has taken it upon himself to trace the comings and goings of the Divine Feminine, given the long and dark period of male chauvinism that has desperately tried to silence Mother Wisdom's anti-establishment and non-hierarchical emphases. Of course, Andrew Harvey has for years done pioneer work in proclaiming the activities of Mother in all Her forms. Wisdom is not aloof. She is a player, a dancer, a celebrator of life, and the One who manifests it. She is a source of delight and delight itself. To be wise is to delight in creation, writes Shapiro. There is a playfulness to the Divine Feminine which is evident in these passages and in the author's commentaries. Here is just one line to illustrate what we mean: Wisdom is the doing of God - a flower is not Wisdom but flowering is. Don't


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Rami Shapiro, a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions, is an award-winning storyteller, poet and essayist. He is author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice, Recovery-The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice and The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated & Explained (all SkyLight Paths), among other books. Rami Shapiro is available to speak on the following topics: Writing-The Sacred Art: Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice Stop Playing God: 12 Steps as Spiritual Practice Biblical Wisdom for Post-biblical Times: An Exploration of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Cultivating Compassion in Daily Life Hasidic Wisdom: An Exploration of Hasidic Storytelling, Theology and Contemplative Practice Saints and Sages: Biblical Prophets, Ancient Rabbis and the Building of a Just World 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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