All three major patriarchal religions try to hide that the Bible says that Shekinah (also spelt Chokmah), was with God from the very beginning. (The Greeks called her Sophia) They do this by writing her name as if it was just a word meaning ‘wisdom’ and that it was not referring to a person, or God’s wife, or consort. These rather oppressive religions have tried to deprive people of their religious and spiritual mothers, daughters and sisters in their dictatorial attempt to enforce the worship of only male Gods.
Shekina, or Sophia, in the above painting is depicted bracing and supporting God on her shoulders in, ‘The creation of Adam’, by Michelangelo. ‘Shekina’ or ‘Sophia’ was also another name for the ‘Holy Spirit’.
Religion was originally the worship of a family of Gods. The mother and father Gods, the sons and daughters Gods and the brothers and sisters Gods. But when Christianity came along it excluded the female family members and made it primarily the worship of a male Father God and his only Son. No one else in God’s family is allowed to be worshiped as a God, or a goddess, or to be considered and equal, even his wife and mother.
This power-grab was done not for some great spiritual truth, but it is just the continuance of long established sexist beliefs and misogyny that were well entrenched back then. Clearly the family of Gods needs to be restored to make a more humane and balanced religion and spirituality for people today.
It’s time for the one sided patriarchal religions to be made whole again, for what they have done in excluding and overlooking the female, is the equivalent of taking a family from their mother, or separating lovers from each other. Splitting up a family generally causes all sorts of problems, so it would seem wise to include the whole family in today’s supposedly more inclusive and less prejudicial world by also honor the mother, wives, sisters and daughters of God
One can clearly see in the first chapters of the Bible other Gods were being referred to. “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…” “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:26-27 NIV) This is confirmed by the fact that the Hebrew word for ‘gods’ (Elohim), meaning both male and female Gods, was deliberately mistranslated as meaning ‘God’.
Religions would have far more complete and worthwhile stories and myths if they included the female family members, just like in real life. Especially when God’s mother, wife and sisters were goddesses like Kadesh, Asherah, Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Lilith, etc. who were invariably trying to innovatively fix some sort of major difficulties or problems that had occurred.
In an interesting revelation the Bible says that the name ‘Adam’ does not necessarily mean ‘man’, but means ‘man and woman’. “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” (Gen 5:1-2 KJV)
This means when the Bible says ‘Eve was taken from Adam’s side, or body’, it is obviously referring to anothers female’s body because as, everyone knows, men can’t give birth from their side, or body – only females can do that. This then begs the question who was the female then that gave birth to Eve? Was it Shekinah?
Some of Shekinah’s scriptures are preserved in the first twenty or so chapters of Proverbs. The Bible editors tried to write her out of the story by pretending that her name in parts of it, is just referring to the pronouns, like ‘wisdom’, understanding’, or knowledge.
There is another biblical creation story in Proverbs that includes Shekinah, or Sophia, where she is said to be ‘at the foundation of the world’ and that she ‘established the heavens’ and ‘broke open the depths’. Also significantly that ‘she was the tree of life in the Garden of Eden story’.
“Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed. The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.” (Proverbs 3:17-20 ESV)
The Bible also says that “God gave wisdom to Solomon, and that he became wiser than all the kings of the East and all the wise people of Egypt’ (1 Kings 4:29-31). Also that ‘Sophia instructed Solomon in building the Temple.” (Wisdom 9:8-11)
The Song of Songs (also known as Song of Solomon, or Canticle of Canticles) tells us that Solomon was married to Holy Sophia (Wisdom 8:2, 16, 18). This is confirmed by the fact that ‘Sophia’ is a variant spelling of ‘Sheba’. This means that Solomon’s wife, Queen Sheba, was thought to be an incarnation or manifestation of Sophia.
Also ‘Bathsheba’ was the name of the wife of King David. (‘Bathsheba’ meaning ‘daughter of Sheba’) ‘Sheba’ is also a variant spelling of ‘sheep’ and ‘Eve’, which means her name meant ‘daughter of the Queen of Sheep’ or ‘daughter of Queen Eve’. This also means when Jesus said that he was ‘a good shepherd’, it was another way of saying that he wanted to serve the Queen of goddess of Sheep.
Although Christianity tries to present itself as pro-family, this is only to deflect attention from the fact that the patriarchal Jesus taught the opposite. ‘He said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:28 ESV)