Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tridentine Judaism

The blog titled The Hermeneutic of Continuity authored by a Fr. Tim Finigan utilizes curious terminology which I have recently witnessed in use by other nominally Catholic authors. Fr. Finigan publishes a lovely image of a traditional Latin High Mass with incense wafting through the sanctuary with the following caption:

"... The first [image] is of the sanctuary during the Canon of the Mass. The incense is a fitting symbol of the shekinah, the cloud of the presence and the glory of God."

One wonders where Fr. Finigan picked up the feminine noun "Shekinah" and the association of this feminine noun with God. I do know that he has not found it in the Bible, New Testament or Old. I also know he has not found it anywhere in the traditional Church canon. I can offer a few suggestions as to where the use of that rabbi-fabricated feminine noun may have been picked up--the rabbinic texts; Midrash, Talmud, Zohar, etc., perhaps some Masonic handbook, or perhaps it was some silly Judaizing pop-culture source such as The Da Vinci Code. In any case, it is sad, but not surprising to see this ridiculous rabbinic concept in use by a traditionalist priest.

The "Shekinah" is the female aspect of the dualistic male/female god of Judaism and Masonry:

Shekhinah is feminine, and She is a part of Masonry whether we want to admit it or not, if for no other reason than she represents LIGHT. In Hebrew tradition, Shekhinah is the Feminine face/aspect of god. She was the ancient Hebrew Goddess of wisdom and joy, the feminine part of Yahweh, and the light that dwelt within everything. She lived at the root of the Tree of Life, residing within the acacia, the tree that produces gum arabic, the glue that holds the world together. Her foundations can be traced back to the early Goddess imagery of Asherah and Astarte.

More on the rabbi-fabricated "Shekinah" here:


Anonymous said...

Could this be another Judaic infiltrator like Malachi Martin?

Anonymous said...

If you search the term shekinah does come up in a few searches. Could this be the result of an ignorance of the origin of Shekinah or is the author of this blog jumping to conclusions?

Anonymous said...

"Shekinah" is simply a word that means "dwelling of God" in Hebrew. The fact that masonry uses it for other things does not prove the point. Its a term used for the "glory cloud."

Maurice Pinay said...

"Shekinah" is simply a word that means "dwelling of God" in Hebrew ... Its a term used for the "glory cloud."


The rabbis use the non-Biblical noun, "Shekinah," that they made up to refer to the pillar of cloud/fire and many other things besides.

If you take the time to research the matter you will find that the "Shekinah" is dualistic, pantheist, and racist, and obviously the creation of sex-obsessed minds. I recommend the Pritzker edition of the Zohar as a representative example. Since the rabbis created the term/concept of "Shekinah" they are the authority on the matter.

The verb "shekan" meaning "to dwell" is Biblical. That is not what I'm addressing here.


The fact that masonry uses it for other things does not prove the point.


My case doesn't rest on the Masonic use of the term. I don't know why you suggest that it does. I have stated that the rabbis created the term and I have provided numerous Judaic references as support. I have cited the text which "Shekinah" originates with. I mention Masonry assuming that most readers of my blog understand that Masonry is informed by the rabbis.

M.J. said...

Walk into the Library of Congress. Around the ceiling of the great foyer are roundels with quotes from varius "great men". One is from Thomas Jefferson and it states "The Shekinah is man." Interesting, no?

Maurice Pinay said...

... from Thomas Jefferson and it states "The Shekinah is man."


That quote is actually attributed to St. John Chrysostom by Thomas Carlyle who seems to make St. John Chrysostom to deify man. Either the quote must be fabricated or it has been horribly misrepresented by Carlyle. I haven't been able to verify which.

Here is Carlyle's essay where he uses the alleged quote:

Anonymous said...

In my Novus Ordo school, we heard the song "El Shaddai" which is titled after one of the Judaic names of God. It was a popular song in the CCM world. At the time we laughed at it since we thought the music to be horrible. Going back to the 70s I remember religion classes incorporating Judaic ideas.