Genesis and Gender: Biblical Myths of Sexuality and Their Cultural Impact

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Chapter 5
Jesus and Creation

INCARNATION THEMES

A gynomorphic motif was prominent in ancient Jewish creation theology. Wisdom was personified as a woman, called Hokmah in Hebrew, or Sophia in Greek. A soliloquy in the book of Proverbs tells of her being God's constant companion at the world's creation:

Happy is the person who has found Hokmah . . . for the gain she brings is better than gold. . . . She is a tree of life to all who grasp her, and those who hold her fast are safe. . . . Yahweh possessed me at the beginning of his works, before all else was made. . . . I was there when he set the heavens in their place, when he put an arch over the ocean, . . . when he prescribed its limits and knit together earth's foundations. I was at this side each day, his darling and delight, playing in his presence continually. 1

The Wisdom of Solomon gives this fuller description:

She is a breath of the power of God and a pure revelation of the glory of the Almighty. . . . She is a reflection of the everlasting light, a spotless mirror of the activity of God. . . . Herself unchanging, she renews everything. In

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction: the Purpose of Myths xi
  • Chapter 1 Androgyny in Myths 1
  • Chapter 2 A Bone of Contention 19
  • Chapter 3 Eve and Pandora 37
  • Chapter 4 The Fall and Woman 51
  • Chapter 5 Jesus and Creation 67
  • Chapter 6 Paradise Continued 87
  • Notes 103
  • Selected Bibliography 121
  • Index 123
  • About the Author 127
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