Reimagining God / Edition 1

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Can believers talk about God and to God in a way that is not exclusively male and is biblically responsible? Johanna van Wijk-Bos asks this question as she examines alternatives to the dominant male language associated with God in the Bible. Focusing primarily on the Hebrew Bible, van Wijk-Bos mines a rich source of God-imagery. Along the way, she also discusses alternative language associated with God that transcends the narrow confines of male/female imagery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255695
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,355,485
  • Product dimensions: 0.32 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos is Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Her publications include Reformed and Feminist and Reimagining God, both published by WJK.

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Table of Contents

1 Naming the Holy One 1
Two Images
Issues and Questions
Naming the Holy One and Holy Scripture
2 "To Whom Then Will You Compare Me?" 11
Exile and Crisis
Speaking of God
"Your Ways Are Not My Ways"
3 Names and the Gender of God 23
El Shaddai
The Unpronounceable Name
The Holy One of Israel
4 To Whom Does Scripture Compare God? 35
Speaking of People - Speaking of God
Is God a Man of War?
God as Male Authority: King and Lord
God as Teacher
God as Kinsman: Father
God as Rock
God as Maker and Mender
5 God - Maker and Mother 50
A Woman in Childbirth
A Child's Protest
A Mother's Responsibility
Can a Child Forget?
A Mother's Protest
A Mother Comforts
6 God - Eagle and Spirit 66
As an Eagle ... as a Hen
The Presence of God in the Spirit
She Who Gives Life
She Who Empowers
She Who Educates
7 The Paths of Wisdom 78
Who Is Sophia?
What Is Wisdom?
Who Is Woman Wisdom?
Is Woman Wisdom God?
Woman Wisdom and Women
8 "I Will Be Who I Will Be" 89
A Conversation in the Desert
The Impossible Name
Promise of Presence
The God of the Future
Selected Bibliography
Scripture Index
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