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Holy Ghost Morpheus @WilGafney
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The biblical writers have more imagination than their readers.
The Bible we use as a Episcopalians and as Christians does not begin with the New Testament.
There is an abundance of feminine and masculine descriptive imagery for God well before father language is introduced.
At no point did Jesus say that father language was the only language we should use to pray, not even when using that language to teach us how to pray.
When Jesus used the expression “wisdom is justified by her children” to refer to himself, he was using expensive and feminine God-language.
When Jesus told the parable of the male shepherd looking for his lost sheep he was using a masculine image for God. When he told the parable of the woman looking for the lost coin he was using a feminine image for God.
Note, those parables are deliberately placed back to back and have the same ending, rejoicing over the lost one. They are different versions of the same parable describing the God who seeks those who are lost using male and female figures to represent God.
As far as the wealth of feminine imagery, particularly in the Hebrew Bible: the uncontestable feminine grammar of God’s spirit, the God who gives birth and writhes in labor, the God who loves from the womb b/c the verb רחם includes the word womb lost when translated compassion.
Changing the prayerbook is not changing the Bible. What we are asking is to be more biblical in the prayerbook, to use more of the Bibles language and imagery, specifically feminine language and imagery that is already there.
When God describes Godself using anatomical language, God speaks only of a womb and not of male organs asking: From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of heaven?
And God asks: Who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb?
All of this rich language is available to us. To deprive ourselves of it is to deliberately impoverish ourselves, our liturgies and our prayers.
I appreciate y’all appreciating this thread. For a deeper look see my #WomanistMidrash. amazon.com/Womanist-Midra… #GC79
A couple of sneak peeks of #WomanistMidrash on how God is gendered in Hebrew and in translation for you:
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