Book Search:  

 

 
Google full text of our books:

bookjacket

Mirror of His Beauty:
Feminine Images of God from the Bible to the Early Kabbalah
Peter Schäfer

Book Description | Reviews
Introduction [HTML] or [PDF format]

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Figures xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Abbreviations xv
Introduction 1
PART I. FROM THE BIBLE TO THE BAHIR
Chapter 1. Lady Wisdom 19
Job: Wisdom Cannot Be Found 19
Proverbs: Wisdom as God's Little Daughter and His Embodiment on Earth 23
Jesus Sirach: Wisdom as God's Torah 29
Wisdom of Solomon: Wisdom as the Medium of Divine Energy and God's Beloved Spouse 33
Chapter 2. Philo's Wisdom 39
God and His Wisdom 40
Wisdom and Logos 41
Wisdom's Gender 45
God's Daughter 48
Divine and Human Wisdom 50
Summary-and Once Again Gender 54
Chapter 3. The Gnostic Drama 58
The Creation Myth According to the Apocryphon of John 60
Barbelo 61
The Self-Generated/Christ 64
Sophia and Her Offspring 65
Sophia's Descent 68
Sophia and Barbelo 69
The Valentinian Creation Myth According to Irenaeus 73
Passionate Sophia 74
Sophia and Achamoth, Upper and Lower Wisdom 76
Chapter 4. The Rabbinic Shekhinah 79
Wisdom 79
God the Only Creator 81
Israel, God's Spouse, Daughter, Sister, and Mother 83
Shekhinah 86
Personification of the Shekhinah 93
Chapter 5. The Shekhinah of the Philosophers 103
Saadia Gaon 104
Judah ben Barzillai of Barcelona 107
Judah ha-Levi 110
Moses Maimonides 113
Chapter 6. The Shekhinah in the Bahir 118
The Ten Sefirot 120
Sexual Symbolism 123
The Position of the Shekhinah in the Sefirotic System 125
Mediatrix between Heaven and Earth 128
PART II. THE QUEST FOR ORIGINS
Chapter 7. Gnosis 137
Chapter 8. Christianity 147
Eastern Church 148
Western Church 152
Peter Damian 153
Herman of Tournay 155
Bernard of Clairvaux 157
Godfrey of Admont 162
Hildegard of Bingen 163
Peter of Blois 169
Mary and the Shekhinah 169
Chapter 9. Counter-Evidence: Mary and the Jews 173
Anti-Jewish Legends and Images 173
The Jews Disturb Mary's Funeral 173
The Image of Mary in the Latrine 191
The Jewish Boy in the Furnace 197
Jewish Polemics against Mary 209
Rabbinical Evidence and Toledot Yeshu 209
The Apocalypse of Zerubbavel 212
Chapter 10. How Much "Origins," Or: The Anxiety of Influence 217
Mythical Origin 218
Femininity 224
Influence 229
History 235
Notes 245
Bibliography 289
Index 301

Return to Book Description

File created: 7/11/2014

Questions and comments to: webmaster@press.princeton.edu
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Videos/Audios
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Subjects
Series
Catalogs
Princeton Legacy Library
Textbooks
Media/Reviewers
Class Use
Rights/Permissions
Ordering
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
Links
F.A.Q.
PUP Home


Bookmark and Share