It doesn't bother me one bit that they are not in the original languages. They provide inspiration enough for the moment. But Doug mentioned the importance of the Septuagint for this purpose and I would like to show you something that you might not otherwise see. Here is Psalm 33:6-9,
- 6. τῷ λόγῳ τοῦ κυρίου οἱ οὐρανοὶ ἐστερεώθησαν
καὶ τῷ πνεύματι τοῦ στόματος αὐτοῦ πᾶσα ἡ δύναμις αὐτῶν
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made firm
and by the breath (spirit) of his mouth all their host (power)
7. συνάγων ὡς ἀσκὸν ὕδατα θαλάςης
τιθεὶς ἐν θησαυροῖς ἀβύςους
He gathers the waters of the sea as a wineskin
and places the abysses in the vaults
8. φοβηθήτω τὸν κύριον πᾶσα ἡ γῆ
ἀπ' αὐτοῦ δὲ σαλευθήτωσαν πάντες οἱ κατοικοῦντες τὴν οἰκουμένην
Let all the earth fear the Lord
and by him let all the dwellers of the dwelling be shaken
9. ὅτι αὐτὸς εἶπεν καὶ ἐγενήθησαν
αὐτὸς ἐνετείλατο καὶ ἐκτίσθησαν
Because it was he that spoke and they were brought forth
and he commanded and they were created
Here we can see that creation is brought about by the "word" and the "spirit", or the breath of God. God speaks and it is brought forth. If this is read in Hebrew then the pair, דְבַר davar and רוּחַ ruach, are masculine and feminine.
Some might say that this is the spoken word and the life-giving spirit, but I read this as "articulation" and "airflow," two mechanisms working in consort to express meaning.
Now let's come back to an earlier conversation. I wrote,
If the logos is the sophia, then we need to signal that sophia, the pre-incarnate “expression” of God is feminine; just as Jesus, the logos become flesh, is masculine.
And then Joel wrote,
- I believe that the Logos and the Sophia are uniquely connected, both coming from Jewish speculation about God. I believe, for now, that Wisdom is seen easily as feminine because she is the giver of life, while the pre-incarnate Word is seen as masculine because it is active apart from life. I may better say it such, that Sophia is the unseen creative force, while the logos is God speaking. Two sides of the same coin, whole, unique, of God, and God.
I can only ask why the feminine should be unseen and unheard. Why is sophia/wisdom silent? In my paradigm, true expression is when the masculine and feminine act in harmony.
PS For some reason I can't seem to comment on Joel's blog. It says I have an invalid email address.