Re: [John_Lit] Paraclete & Shekinah
- On Sep 28, 2005, at 2:31 PM, Timothy P. Jenney wrote:
> I do think there is a basic misconception in the following statement:
>> If the Holy Spirit is 'Shekinah' or 'Sophia' (at least in the
>> conceptualization) and
> In the theology of 4G, it is not the Spirit that is primarily linked to
> Shekinah, but Jesus himself.
> Here's my reasoning: the term at issue here is the word "glory." In
> the term is kabod, in Aramaic shekinah, in Greek doxa ["x" is not a
> but a zeta, I've forgotten the correct transliteration-I have a Mac and
> generally just type the Greek]. The Greek word is common in 4G,
> appearing as
> a noun or verb a combined total of 42 times in 28 verses. This is more
> twice the frequency of any of the other Gospels.
The Shekinah 'glory' or 'radiance' is associated to the Christ as the
revealed presence of the Holy Spirit or as a revealed state of higher
consciousness, the 'seventh heaven' so to speak, as it is depicted in
iconography; for example, in the Transfiguration or the Resurrection
icons, etc. Please see:
However, in rabbinical studies (sorry I can't quote the source
instantly, but have discussed this with rabbis and rabbinical students)
"Shekinah" is understood as God's 'wife' or feminine counterpart, the
Holy Spirit, in early Judaism. Also note in John 14 Jesus says that
the Father will send the Spirit in his name, and that this is tandem
with Jesus' going away and coming back to the disciples.
> The evidence is that one early conception of Jesus may well have beenIt seems that they are one and the same.
> as the
> human embodiment of the Shekinah [not the Spirit].