How We See God (2)

FEMALE IMAGES OF GOD IN THE BIBLE: In some of these references, the image is used overtly of God; in other cases the link is implicit rather than explicit.

God as a woman in labour

  • Isaiah 42:14
  • John 3:6, 16:21 & 17:1
  • Acts 17:26,28

God as nursing mother

  • Isaiah 49:15
  • Numbers 11:12-13
  • 2 Esdras 1:28-29
  • Psalm 131:2

Other maternal images

  • Hosea 11: 1-4
  • Job 38:8-11
  • Isaiah 46:3-4. 66:13-14

God as mother eagle

  • Deuteronomy 32:11-12, 18
  • Exodus 19:4
  • Genesis 1:2

God as mother hen

  • Matthew 23:37
  • Luke 13:34
  • 2 Esdras 1:30

God as mother bear

  • Hosea 13:8

God as midwife

  • Isaiah 66:9
  • Psalm 22:9-10
  • Romans 8:26-29

God as lady wisdom

  • Proverbs 1:20ff, 3:19ff, 8:1ff, etc.
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Baruch
  • John 1:1-18
  • Colossians 1:15-20

God as shekinah (dwelling)

  • Luke 1:35
  • Hebrews 1:3

God as woman householder

  • Psalm 123:2
  • Luke 15: 8-10

God as bakerwoman

  • Matthew 13:33
  • Luke 13:20-21

Nicola Slee, September 2003

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