Biblical maternal images of God
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Biblical maternal images of God

Mother’s Day makes me think about God’s maternal side. Christianity is guilty of a patriarchal history that has been oppressive of women. Our conception of God as masculine, e.g. God as Father or King, certainly contributes to our slide into patriarchy. Although written in patriarchal contexts, the Bible itself does not refer to God exclusively in masculine metaphors. There are, albeit few, feminine metaphors used to describe God in the Bible. In this article I want to highlight the maternal or motherly metaphors used.