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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

A new year can be a time for new beginnings, but we are also still in the season of Christmas, perhaps with these very words about beginning from the Gospel of John fresh in our hearts. With these opening statements, John is painting a very clear picture: the Word has been with God from the very beginning, and is made of the same stuff as God, unable to be fully separated. John’s use of the Greek word logos, or Word, is so familiar that we don’t question it. But what if there was another option? What if there was a different Greek word that pointed to a similar force—with God at the beginning and made of the same stuff as God? And what if that word were feminine in nature? What if the word was sophia, or Wisdom?

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