The Divine Feminine: The Biblical Imagery of God as Female

The Divine Feminine: The Biblical Imagery of God as Female

by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott


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"A calm, well-balanced, carefully prepared book. . . . Excellent for adult Bible discussion groups, for occasional sermons, for suggesting ways of inclusive language. This book teaches and directs without antagonizing."
--The Bible Today

"A persuasive book, useful for personal reflection and group discussion, and ideal for gift-giving."
--Daughters of Sarah

"This is no dry erudite volume. It rubs salve in personal wounds inflicted by centuries of biblical misreading."

"The book reflects careful research; it is written in a style that will appeal to those interested in the implications of biblical research but without the time or inclination to follow the involved discussions of biblical scholarship."
--National Catholic Reporter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625646057
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/07/2014
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,114,735
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott is Professor Emeritus of English at the William Paterson University of New Jersey and the author of thirteen books, including Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach (Pilgrim, 2001), which won a Lambda Literary Award in 2002. She lives in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, and can be reached through her website,

Table of Contents

1 The Problem 1

2 Some Lessons from History 8

3 The Godhead as a Woman in the Process of Giving Birth 15

4 God as Nursing Mother 20

5 God's Other Maternal Activities 26

6 God as Midwife 32

7 The Shekinah 36

8 Christ as Female Pelican 44

9 God as Mother Bear 49

10 The God of Naomi 54

11 God as Female Homemaker 60

12 God as Female Beloved 69

13 God Our Ezer 74

14 Bakerwoman God 79

15 God as Mother Eagle 83

16 God as Mother Hen 92

17 God as Dame Wisdom 97

18 The Divine Milieu 106

19 Some Suggestions and Conclusions 110

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