Posted by: abbiewatters | December 14, 2011

Expecting the Word – Advent Three – Wednesday

My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).

Luke 1:46b-55

This is the passage more usually known as The Magnificat. Please be sure a click over to the Inclusive Bible’s translation.

Both of the authors in the devotional are at great pains to talk about the fact that the passage is written from a woman’s perspective. They both seem to be struggling with trying to find a way to make the passage more gender inclusive.

I LOVE the way the translators of the Inclusive Bible have handled this. (I also have it on good authority from a friend of mine who is married to an orthodox Jew that this is the way the Jewish people would have understood and handled this text.)

Hebrew didn’t/doesn’t have gender-specific pronouns for the Almighty. In order to solve this problem and also to remain faithful to the idea of G-d as a “person” rather than an “it”, they don’t speak about G-d, they speak to G-d. This is much more powerful for me – addressing G-d directly and ascribing all the wonderful attributes to G-d, not trying to tell other people about the things G-d has done. It’s much more of a prayer of adoration and much less of a song about the works of G-d.

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