Wisdom of Solomon 7:25


23 beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle. 24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. 25 For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. 26 For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. 27 Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets;

Hebrews 1:3

New Testament

1 After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, 2 in these last days he has spoken to us in a son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he created the world. 3 The Son is the radiance of his glory and the representation of his essence, and he sustains all things by his powerful word, and so when he had accomplished cleansing for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 4 Thus he became so far better than the angels as he has inherited a name superior to theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my son! Today I have fathered you”? And in another place he says, “I will be his father and he will be my son.” 6 But when he again brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all the angels of God worship him!”

 Notes and References

"... I have argued that Wisdom of Solomon functions as a background source for New Testament Christology, particularly in terms of the place of wisdom in the biblical doctrine of creation, particularly with respect to Colossians 1:15–17 and Hebrews 1:2–3. A passage we have already examined, Wisdom of Solomon 7:22–8:6, in its depiction of wisdom, has several points of connection with these two New Testament passages ... Several such connections between the language of Wisdom of Solomon 7:22–8:6 and Hebrews 1:2–3 are evident as well. Most significant are the attributions of creative agency to both wisdom as “fashioner of all things” (Wisdom of Solomon 7:22; 8:6) and the Son as the one “through whom [God] also created the worlds” in Hebrews 1:2, and the continuing sustenance of the cosmos to both, where the Son “sustains all things by his powerful word” in Hebrews 1:3 is parallel to those references cited above from Wisdom of Solomon 7:24, 27; 8:1. Moreover, wisdom, as noted above, is a “reflection” of the light, works, and goodness of God in Wisdom of Solomon 7:26, while the Son is the “reflection” of God’s glory in Hebrews 1:2. The word for “reflection,” provides both a lexical as well as conceptual link between the passages. Finally, the Son is designated as the “exact imprint of [God’s] very being” in Hebrews 1:3, which advances upon the description of wisdom as the “image of [God’s] goodness” in Wisdom of Solomon 7:26. At several points, wisdom and the Son are depicted in similar terms ..."

Lamp, Jeffrey Wisdom Pneumatology and the Creative Spirit: The Book of Wisdom and the Trinitarian Act of Creation (pp. 39-56) ORU Journal of Theology Volume 2 Number 2, 2017

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