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Our readers asked:

Is Mary the Wisdom figure (Lady Wisdom) in the Old testament?

Ginny Kubitz Moyer Answers:

In the Old testament, Wisdom is often personified as a female figure who invites and leads others to righteousness. This female personification of Wisdom is widely regarded by theologians as a type – someone or something in the Old Testament that prefigures someone in the New Testament. There are various opinions about which New Testament figure Wisdom is prefiguring, but throughout the history of the Church many have made the case that Wisdom is a type of the Virgin Mary. So it’s not that Mary “is” the Wisdom figure; rather, it’s more accurate to say that many people find parallels between the two.

 
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The Author : Ginny Kubitz Moyer
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of the award-winning book Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at randomactsofmomness.com.
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  • Megan

    In the New Testament, it is Jesus, more than Mary, who is referred to as Wisdom. Perhaps those patriarchal theologians just couldn’t handle the idea of Jesus in that role, so they assigned it to Mary??? See St. Paul’s letter in which he says that Jesus “was Wisdom sent to us from God.” Pretty unequivocal in the association there.

  • LJK

    I wonder how a Jewish scholar, someone like Amy Jill Levine, would answer that question?

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