He says that the word means "wanton" or "lascivious," for that the Greeks had a phrase concerning a man who had debauched a girl, Eprounikeuse tautēn. 14). the Bride of Christ) and was the Holy Spirit of the Trinity. Originally carrying a meaning of “cleverness, skill”, the later meaning of the term, close to the meaning of Phronesis (“wisdom, intelligence”), was significantly shaped by the term philosophy (“love of wisdom”) as used by Plato. She is Wisdom Incarnate, the Goddess of all those who are wise. This meant, according to the Gnostic interpretation, that the Sophia has her dwelling-place "on the heights" above the created universe, in the place of the midst, between the upper and lower world, between the Pleroma and the ektismena. Sophia (her name is the Greek word for Wisdom) is an expression of the Feminine Face of the Divine. Then, modifying its meaning like the word agoraios, it came to be used in the sense of a turbulent violent person. Sophia (Koinē Greek: σοφία sophía "wisdom") is a central idea in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, Platonism, Gnosticism and Christian theology. While Christus returns to the Pleroma, Sophia forms the Demiurge and this whole lower world out of the skia, a right and a left principle (Iren. Together with the source from which they emanate they form the Pleroma, or fullness, of God, and thus should not be seen as distinct from the divine, but symbolic abstractions of the divine nature. Adv.  After her restoration she announces to her companions the twofold truth that, while every attempt to overstep the divinely ordained limits, has for its consequence suffering and punishment, so, on the other hand, the divine compassion is ever ready to vouchsafe pardon to the penitent. vi. ; Theodoret, h. f. i. Philosophum. Manich. However, the majority applied to Christ the title/name of "Wisdom". Allegory of Wisdom and Strength is a painting by Paolo Veronese, created circa 1565 in Venice. σοφία, σοφίας, ἡ (σοφός), Hebrew חָכְמָה, wisdom, broad and full intelligence (from Homer down); used of the knowledge of very diverse matters, so that the shade of meaning in which the word is taken must be discovered from the context in every particular case. She (for wisdom, in the Greek, is always feminine) is mentioned by Plato, the Gnostics, and other Greek Ancients, as well as in our Scripture Wisdom literature. The Greek president’s call came after reports that President Erdoğan had invited Pope Francis to be a guest at the July 24 ceremony reopening Hagia Sophia as the Ayasofya Mosque. Sophia (Σοφíα, Greek for "wisdom") is a central idea in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, Platonism, Gnosticism, Orthodox Christianity, Esoteric Christianity, as well as Christian mysticism. I. Sophia is a very Greek name, and Sophia is spread throughout the Orthodox and Catholic Worlds so many assume it is latin, but in fact, Sophia derives from the Greek word for Wisdom. Arthur Versluis, "Western Esotericism and The Harmony Society". This inference was further aided by the Platonic notion of a spiritual fall. Sophia is the central pivot of creation and represents the feminine aspect in all things. fem. Sophia originally carrying a meaning of “cleverness, skill“, the later meaning of the term, close to the meaning of Phronesis (“wisdom, intelligence”), was significantly shaped by the term philosophy (“love of wisdom”) as used by Plato. There is a monumental sculpture of Holy Wisdom depicted as a "goddess" in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria (the city itself is named after Saint Sofia Church). Sophia was used extensively among European royalty in the Medieval Ages and was first … Alienated through their own fault from their heavenly home, souls have sunk down into this lower world without utterly losing the remembrance of their former state, and filled with longing for their lost inheritance, these fallen souls are still striving upwards. The power which has thus overflowed leftwards, makes a voluntary descent into the lower waters, confiding in its possession of the spark of true light. The Sophia mythos has in the various Gnostic systems undergone great variety of treatment. Finally seized with a longing for the higher light, she finds, at length, in herself, the power to raise herself even above the heaven of her own forming, and to fully lay aside her corporeity. A goddess Sophia was introduced into Anthroposophy by its founder, Rudolf Steiner, in his book The Goddess: From Natura to Divine Sophia and a later compilation of his writings titled Isis Mary Sophia. The name of the Hagia Sophia ("Holy Wisdom") in Istanbul, Turkey has at times been erroneously attributed to this saint, when in fact it derived its name from the Greek word. Restrained and held down by the power of this lower world, she is hindered from returning to the kingdom of the Father. Thus, in the Library of Celsus in Ephesus, built in the 2nd century, there are four statues of female allegories, depicting wisdom (Sophia), knowledge (Episteme), intelligence (Ennoia) and valour/excellence (Arete). In Gnosticism, Sophia is a feminine figure, analogous to the soul, but also simultaneously one of the emanations of the Monad. ii. In the time of Homer, wisdom was an attribute but in some Greek writings sophia was not infrequently used to describe shrewdness and cunning.  The name of this Berossian Thalatth meets us again among the Peratae of the Philosophumena (Hippolytus, Philosophum. I. Sophia or Mētēr is in the doctrine of Valentinus the last, i.e. 19). The story which the fathers of the church handed down of the intercourse of Simon Magus with his consort Helena (Iren. 3, 4) and of the Ophites (Epiph. 8, 47). Cels.  2 Peter 3:15 According to Karl Reinhold von Köstlin (1854), Sophia is here not merely, as with Valentinus, the representative of the longing which the finite spirit feels for the knowledge of the infinite, but at the same time a type or pattern of faith, of repentance, and of hope. This would be decisive, if we could be sure that these words were earlier in date than Epiphanius. Also influenced by Stoic philosophical concepts, he used the Koine term logos (λόγος, lógos) for the role and function of Wisdom, a concept later adapted by the author of the Gospel of John in the opening verses and applied to Jesus as the Word (Logos) of God the Father.. In the Gnostic system described by Irenaeus (I. Gnosticism is a 17th-century term expanding the definition of Irenaeus' groups to include other syncretic and mystery religions.. 13). But whereas this is confirmed thereby in fresh strength, the Sophia is separated from it and gives birth outside it (by means of her ennoia, her recollections of the higher world), to the Christus who at once ascends into the Pleroma, and after this she produces an ousia amorphos, the image of her suffering, out of which the Demiurge and the lower world come into existence; last of all looking upwards in her helpless condition, and imploring light, she finally gives birth to the spermata tēs ekklēsias, the pneumatic souls. It was founded in 537 under the Emperor Justinian.  The station which she holds is in the place of the midst, above the habitation assigned to the Sophia in the XIIIth Aeon. But inasmuch as the light brought down into the darkness of this lower world was thought of and described as involved in suffering, this suffering must be regarded as a punishment. The locus foedus whereon the gods (or Aeons) measured and founded Paradise (Ephraim, Hymn 55) is the same as the impure mētra, which Ephraim is ashamed even to name (cf. 23; 41), as the common product of the Aeons, in order to bring her back to the Pleroma and unite her again with her syzygos. vi. Sophia, personification of wisdom, presents very different aspects depending on where you look. In her utmost need she addresses thirteen penitent prayers (metanoiai) to the Upper Light. Luke 2:52 N-DFS. If the phrase reported by Epiphanius had been common, it is strange that instances of its use should not have been quoted from the Greek comic writers. Haer. Sophiology is a philosophical concept regarding wisdom, as well as a theological concept regarding the wisdom of God. fem. Socratic skepticism is contrasted with the approach of the sophists, who are attacked in Gorgias for relying merely on eloquence. For her redemption comes down to Sophia either Christus himself (Iren. In fact, in ancient Greece wisdom had a practical aspect, for a " wise " carpenter was one who knew his trade well. Here is wisdom in the Bible. This "maiden," called "daughter of light," is not as the Catholic reviser supposes the Church, but Ḥachmūth (Sophia) over whose head the "king," i.e. She is considered to have fallen from grace in some way, in so doing creating or helping to create the material world. In the Old Testament, Wisdom (chokma in Hebrew, sophia in the Greek Old Testament) is often celebrated, and most lavishly in Proverbs 1-9. In most versions of the Gnostic mythos, it is Sophia who brings about this instability in the Pleroma, in turn bringing about the creation of materiality. From her dwelling-place above the Hebdomad, in the place of the Midst, she is also called Ogdoad (Ὀγδοάς), and further entitled Mētēr, Sophia also, and he Hierousalēm, Pneuma hagion, and (arsenikōs) Kyrios. A type of icon of the Theotokos is "Wisdom hath builded Her house" (Премудрость созда Себе дом), a quote from Proverbs 9:1 ("Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars") interpreted as prefiguring the incarnation, with the Theotokos being the "house" chosen by the "hypostatic Wisdom" (i.e. at the approaches to the realms of the seven Archons, and at the "entrances" to the upper realm of light her praise is sung. On the icon is depicted the Theotokos, and the Hypostatic Wisdom, the Son of God incarnate of Her. The earthly work of redemption having been at length accomplished, the Sophia returns to her original celestial home. References to Sophia in Koine Greek translations of the Hebrew Bible translate to the Hebrew term Chokhmah. 45: 1 cf. She was with God before creation, and she was the master worker through whom God created (see especially 8:22-31). GRK: ἐν τῇ σοφίᾳ καὶ ἡλικίᾳ. His [...] will fall down upon the [...] support them; they will fall into the abyss, and the abyss will be overturned. 23; Tertullian de Anima, 34; Epiphanius Haer. Gnostics held that she was the syzygy of Jesus (i.e. These words share the same Proto-Indo-European root as the Latin verb sapere (lit. WORDS OF JESUS IN RED. The Book of Wisdom of Solomon, written by Alexandrian Jews in the Hellenistic era, renames Khokhmah as Sophia, the Greek word for Wisdom. The only distinct confirmation of the explanation of Epiphanius is that Hesychius (s. v. Skitaloi) has the words aphrodisiōn kai tēs prounikias tēs nykterinēs. ' The Syriac form Ḥachmūth is testified for us as used by Bardesanes (Ephraim, Hymn 55), the Greek form Hachamōth is found only among the Valentinians: the name however probably belongs to the oldest Syrian Gnosis. From the place of the parthenos lucis comes the sun-dragon, which is daily borne along by four light-powers in the shape of white horses, and so makes his circuit round the earth (p. 183, cf. In Western (Latin) tradition, she appears as a crowned virgin; in Russian Orthodox tradition, she has a more supernatural aspect of a crowned woman with wings in a glowing red colour. For other uses, see, ἐξ αὐτοῦ δὲ ὑμεῖς ἐστε ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ ὃς ἐγενήθη ἡμῖν σοφία ἀπὸ θεοῦ δικαιοσύνη τε καὶ ἁγιασμὸς καὶ ἀπολύτρωσις. When he has destroyed them, he will turn against himself and destroy himself until he ceases to exist. If you are a dedicated steward of St. Sophia, or would like to become one, and would like access to WISDOM, please fill out this form and one of outreach volunteers will contact you. The creation of the world is brought to pass through the son of the living one and the Rūha d' Qudshā, the Holy Spirit, with whom Ḥachmūth is identical, but in combination with "creatures," i.e. Sophia (pronounced sew-fee'ah) in Greek, Hohkma in Hebrew, Sapientia in Latin, Celtic goddess-figure Sheela-na-gigs - all mean wisdom,. The pregnant mētra therefore contains within itself all kinds of animal forms in the reflex of heaven and earth and all substances found in the middle region. It is, moreover, evident that though mythologically distinguished from the humectatio luminis (Greek: ikmas phōtos, ἰκμὰς φωτός), the Sophia is yet, really nothing else but the light-spark coming from above, entering this lower material world, and becoming here the source of all formation, and of both the higher and the lower life. She is also occasionally called Parthenos (Orig. She has been revered as the Wise Bride of Solomon by Jews, as the Queen of Wisdom and War (Athena) by Greeks, and as the Holy Spirit of Wisdom by Christians. She swims over the waters, and sets their hitherto immoveable mass in motion, driving them into the abyss, and taking to herself a bodily form from the hylē. 25, 3 ; 26, 1, 10). According to one representation she suffers all manner of insult from the angels and archangels bound and forced again and again into fresh earthly bodies, and compelled for centuries to wander in ever new corporeal forms. 37, 3, sqq. See more ideas about sacred feminine, wisdom, sophia. Books relating to the contemporary pagan worship of the goddess Sophia include: Faith Hope and Charity with their mother Sophia, Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus, "Private collection – Saint Sophia the Wisdom of God, 27х31 sm, 2009 year", "Orthodox icons, Byzantine icons, Greek icons - Religious icons: Holy Sophia the Wisdom of God", "The Church of St Sophia, Sofia, Bulgaria", Divine Wisdom articles compiled by Priscilla Hunt, Texts about the controversy with regard to Bulgakov's sophiology (in German, English, Russian, French), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sophia_(wisdom)&oldid=997833467, Articles containing Ancient Greek (to 1453)-language text, Articles containing Koinē Greek-language text, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2019, Articles containing Russian-language text, Articles containing Church Slavonic-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, T. Hainthaler, F. Mali, G. Emmenegger, & M. L. Ostermann (eds. Of the other hymns which are preserved in the Greek version more faithfully than in the Syriac text which has undergone Catholic revision, the first deserving of notice is the Ode to the Sophia which describes the marriage of the "maiden" with her heavenly bridegroom and her introduction into the Upper Realm of Light. 9sqq.). She is there called Sophia or Prunikos, the upper mother and upper power, and sits enthroned above the Hebdomad (the seven Planetary Heavens) in the Ogdoad (Origen, Against Celsus. The creation of the Demiurge (also known as Yaldabaoth, "Son of Chaos") is also a mistake made during this exile. Jul 4, 2014 - Explore Lexanne Leonard's board "Sophia Wisdom", followed by 139 people on Pinterest. These cosmogonic theories have their precedent in the Thalatth or Tiamat of Syrian mythology, the life-mother of whom Berossus has so much to relate, or in the world-egg out of which when cloven asunder heaven and earth and all things proceed. The name Jerusalem also for the exō Sophia meets us here (Philos. (Orationes, 30.15). See more ideas about sacred feminine, wisdom, sophia. ”to taste; discern”), whence sapientia. i. These words share the same Proto-Indo-European root as the Latin verb sapere (lit. 1; Philaster, Haer. σοφία, σοφίας, ἡ (σοφός), Hebrew חָכְמָה, wisdom, broad and full intelligence (from Homer down); used of the knowledge of very diverse matters, so that the shade of meaning in which the word is taken must be discovered from the context in every particular case. 18, 4; cf. 327 sq. Helena Blavatsky, the founder of Theosophy, described it in her essay What is Theosophy? She is "the mother" or "the mother of the living." c. Cels. The term philosophia (φιλοσοφία, philosophía, lit. Her suffering extends to the whole Pleroma. Celsus, who shows that he had met with some Ophite work, exhibits acquaintance with the name Prunikos (Orig. 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