By April D. DeConick
In Holy Misogyny, bible student April DeConick desires actual solutions to the questions which are hardly whispered from the pulpits of the modern Christian church buildings. Why is God male? Why are girls linked to sin? Why cannot girls be clergymen? Drawing on her huge wisdom of the early Christian literature, she seeks to appreciate the conflicts over intercourse and gender within the early church―what they have been and what used to be at stake. She explains how those old conflicts have formed modern Christianity and its merchandising of male exclusivity and superiority by way of God, church management, and the mattress.
DeConick's detective paintings uncovers previous features of Christianity earlier than later doctrines and dogmas have been imposed upon the church buildings, and the sooner teachings concerning the girl have been distorted. Holy Misogyny exhibits how the feminine was once systematically erased from the Christian culture, and why. She concludes that the distortion and erasure of the feminine is the results of historic misogyny made divine writ, a holy misogyny that continues to be with us today.
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16 The Christians wondered what was going on. Did God originally create the human being with a luminous garment that resembled God? Did Adam and Eve lose this luminous body when they sinned and became naked? Did God then give them bodies of flesh or “skins” as new garments as a punishment for their sin? The early Christians reasoned in just this manner. They were convinced that God’s original intent for humans when he created us “in his image” was to remain as luminous beings. But once Adam sinned, our luminosity was lost or degraded.
However, many were retained by the early Syrian Christians in the literature they produced in part because of the language similarities between Aramaic and Syriac. A case in point is the memory of the female Spirit. a or “spirit” in Syriac is feminine. Even as late as the fourth century, well-respected Syrian theologians and poets such as Ephrem, Macarius, and Aphraates still standardly conceive of the Holy Spirit as female. What is most fascinating about references to the female Spirit in early Syrian literature is that she is not just a female, she is the Mother.
They do not know what they are saying. ”12 W hy was the spirit neutered ? 19 Like the Gospel of Hebrews and the Gospel of Thomas, this gospel is aware of the old Aramaic tradition that the Holy Spirit was Jesus’ mother, not his father as many of the later Greek- and Latin-speaking Christians thought. Carried up Mount Tabor The second thing we learn from the Gospel of Hebrews is that the oldest version of Jesus’ baptismal story was most likely connected with his ascent to Mount Tabor rather than his temptation in the wilderness.
Holy Misogyny. Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter by April D. DeConick