The feminine dimension of the divine

by Joan Chamberlain Engelsman

Book, 1987



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Wilmette, Ill. : Chiron Publications, 1987.

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203 p.; 20 cm

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Departing from the traditional image of God as masculine, Joan Chamberlain Engelsman examines the feminine dimension of the divine. She recovers female images of the divine, examining the goddesses Demeter, Isis and in particular, Sophia, to demonstrate how the feminine aspect of God was repressed in Christianity. This revised edition contains a new preface, introduction and updated bibliography by the author.

Some books are written so well that they attract different kinds of readers as times change. The Feminine Dimension of the Divine is such a book. The spiritual needs and interest of both men and women have changed enough to merit a new edition of this superbly crafted, scholarly study of Sophia.

-Janet Forsythe Fishburn, Dean of Theological School, Drew University

Joan Chamberlain Engelsman is a well-known author and lecturer in the fields of psychology and spirituality. She is a faculty member at Drew University and is a noted consultant on family violence, director of the Clergy Partnership on Domestic Violence. She is the author of The Queen's Cloak: A Myth for Mid-Life.
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