However, Sophia was also in the Beginning. Sophia being Wisdom, the female aspect of the Godhead.
Sophia in the Biblical Tradition
Book Reviewed by Karen Vaughan
Susan Cady, Marian Ronan and Hal Taussig
Harper and Row; 1986
Sophia, the Greek translation of the Hebrew "Hochmah" is the feminine personification of Wisdom in the Pentateuch. She is neither a goddess nor a new age creation of feminist theologians. She was a real biblical person with more material on her in the OT (with Apocrypha) than anyone in the scriptures, except God, Job, Moses and David.
Susan Cady, Marian Ronan and Hal Taussig's book Sophia (Harper and Row; 1986) seeks to uncover the Biblical tradition of Sophia and her ultimate identification with Jesus in the Christian tradition.
One reason we little consider Sophia, even in readings of the Old Testament, is that English translations usually translate the feminine "Sophia" into the abstract "Wisdom". Although the Greek and Hebrew words were fully feminine, the English is not. The fullest development of her is in the so-called "Wisdom Books" of the apocryphia in the Greek Pentateuch that were canonized into Christian Scripture and are still used by theRC and EO churches. Sophia dominates the first nine chapters of Proverbs and is found in both the Old and New Testaments.
In the Hebrew tradition, Sophia was considered to have been with God from the beginning of Creation. In Proverbs 8:27-31, Sophia says:
When God set the heavens in place, I was present,
When God drew a ring on the surface of the deep,
When God fixed the clouds above,
When God fixed fast the wells of the deep,
when God assigned the sea its limits-
and the waters will not invade the land,
when God established the foundations of the earth,
I was by God's side, a master craftswoman,
delighting God day after day,
ever at play by God's side,
at play everywhere in God's domain,
delighting to be with the children of humanity.