Shekhina 93-4.
 Nimoy, Leonard

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Title:Shekhina 93-4

When approaching this text, one is immediately struck by the similarity between the Divine “personification” of “Wisdom” in the book of Sirach and the Divine “personification” of the “Word” or “Logos” in the Gospel of John: "I came forth from the mouth of the Most High” (Sirach 24.3). Here, Divine Wisdom is also reminiscent and perhaps a figure which is a derivative of or correlative with the “Shekhina.” In his book entitled Shekhina, Leonard Nimoy offers a compelling and inspirational photographic study of the feminine Divine. Inspired by his upbringing in the Orthodox Jewish Tradition, he has devoted much of his creative and intellectual energy to exploring this figure. “A feminine word in Hebrew,” reports Nimoy, “Shekhina is the Talmudic term for the visible and audible manifestations of the Deity's presence on Earth.” He speculates that “Over time, Shekhina came to represent much more — a softer, empathetic feminine counterpart to God who could argue for humanity's sake, comfort the poor and sick, and stand as the mother of Israel.” -- Chance Dillon

Artist:Nimoy, Leonard

Scripture:Sirach 24:1-12
Lectionary links:BXmas02
General Subject:Wisdom
Word (The)

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Attribution:Nimoy, Leonard. Shekhina 93-4, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 18, 2024]. Original source: -- courtesy R. Michelson.
Record Number:54186 Last Updated: 2010-10-26 10:53:28 Record Created: 2009-01-20 08:41:09
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition