publication . Article . 2021

The Influence of Mother Wisdom on Augustine

Kitty Bouwman;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jul 2021 Journal: Open Theology, volume 7, issue 1, pages 238-247 (issn: 2300-6579, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
Abstract
Abstract The Book of Ben Sira was popular in the early Christian church and influenced the Church Father Augustine (354–430). He adopts the person of Wisdom as a divine mother and adapts her within the context of the early Christian church. He links to Mother Wisdom a wisdom theology, in which Jesus is her envoy. Augustine describes Mother Wisdom as an eternal nourishing divine mother. She has a permanent revelatory status by continuously giving life-giving power, which she mediates through Jesus of Nazareth. He presents her grace which she has prepared for the competentes (the candidates for Baptism), who are working towards initiation into Christian Faith. Mot...
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free text keywords: book of ben sira, mother wisdom, mater sapientia, augustine, christology, Religion (General), BL1-50, Religious studies
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