By Barbara E. Bowe
Biblical Foundations of Spirituality deals seekers assistance on what to learn, the best way to learn, and why to learn the Bible as a resource of non secular nourishment. educated through the newest scholarship, this e-book makes the Bible extra intelligible and _user friendly_ for modern audiences by means of stressing the non secular measurement of the hunt for God glaring in our biblical ancestors and exhibiting how the Bible could be a good friend and spouse in our look for God at the present time.
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Human beings, together with many animal species, are essentially social creatures. This means that we find our fulfillment in relationships and in human community. ”4 For each one of us, then, the search for an authentic spirituality happens in the context of these polarities or paradoxes of our human existence. We are creatures, not the Creator. We exist as finite, fallible, limited beings, not as those who are infinite and all-knowing. We are dependent and interdependent on one another and on all the rest of creation itself; we are not autonomous.
The new creature, now defined as woman and man, becomes that fitting “companion/helper” (ezer) for each other, and together they are one flesh. ”’ Contrary to much traditional commentary on this text, its tone stresses mutuality and equality, not subordination of female to male. And if we attend to this text in the manner outlined by Bird and Trible we find another biblical affirmation of the innate dignity of our human existence and one that affirms explicitly the equality and interdependence of male and female in the plan of God.
Nevertheless, maternal images for God appear much more frequently than we have ever recognized. The very first verse of the whole Bible, for example, speaks of a God whose presence is manifest in a creative spirit (the feminine Hebrew noun-ruah) hovering over the chaos waters. As the story of salvation history begins to unfold, moreover, God is revealed to Moses as a God 30 esa ChapterTwo who is “merciful and gracious” (Ex 34:6). ” This fundamental affirmation about the character of God highlights God’s motherly compassion, God’s womb love.