pSophia meant “wisdom” long before there the term had a humanoid personification in the Mediterranean world–though there is the Owl of Athena (a.k.a. Minerva) and the Bee. In fact, the Goddess Sophia* is most clearly viewed as an early Christian concept, the result of a merger of Judaism with Hellenism. And it isn’t simply that Paul got the bright light to take the Gospel to the Goyim. Rather, the Gospel with its penchant for impractical paradox and its allergic reaction to spiritless authoritarianism really streams in from India. Recall that Jesus’s human sponsors were of Galilee, north of Samaria, spoke Aramaic (the closest thing to Arabic) which was the language of the Samaritans (whose descendants the Druze are a sect of Islam), and half of Jesus’s disciples’ names are Greek. Hence there was likely a lot of alchemy and Kabbalah, for starters. In Jesus’s own synagogue in Caphernahum (later Nahum then Hum, now in ruins) we find from around 300 AD one of the first-ever instances of a hexagram** in a Hebrew context.
It seems that it was Hebrews that first spoke of Wisdom (Chokmach) in the personified feminine (see the Book of Wisdom), since it’s nowhere found in the Classical Greek*** or Egyptian pantheon. (But see the male Ganesha [or female Uma] in India!)
So to make up for the Greeks’ lack of Wisdom Goddess, the Gnostics**** taught that Helen of Troy was an incarnation of Sophia, who is in fact the mother of Elohim (originally Canaanite!) the Hebrew Creator (or as they call him the Demiurge which roughly translates to “Construction Worker”). Elohim, in the Gnostic (and later Theosophistic) view, though believing himself the only god (due to his being the only child of an unwed and indeed virgin mother), would not be the same as the Father of Jesus, who is completely non-material, non-egotistical and in fact is in the center of all–the only real thing of which all visible things are just the remotest effects or distant shadows.
The purpose of Sophia’s incarnation as Eve (Mother of Adam?) and subsequent reincarnations is to restore a bungled creation through the heart of every being back to the One. This is the aim of enlightenment, which properly understood is Christianity’s real goal and not a petty flight from the much imagined flames of hell for goodness’ sake. In fact, the Golden Rule isn’t just a moral code but a mystical compass, since it teaches not only to treat your neighbor as you would have them treat you but that, if you can hear it, your neighbor is you and you are your neighbor.
True Christianity is really Hinduism, and true Hinduism is really Jainism. True religion is nonviolent, non-absolutist and non-possessive. It’s even non-theistic, inasmuch as the true God is not even a “god” but may be seen as the inherent singularity of all beings, which this author experiences as the ultimate joyful happiness and peaceful companionship. Hence, I think I can say this: Go and learn to seek, and ye shall find God.
* As in Maria Sophia, Simon the Magician’s “lovely assistant” or the Pistis Sophia, an “accidentally” lost gospel.
** “Star of David”–huge scam we can go into later if you’re interested, suffice it to say it comes from India and is heavily used later by the Khazars
*** Socrates was interested in Sophia but not gods, and in the Athenian paradigm they seemed to be at cross purposes!
**** A quite Hebrew school/s in Alexandria that had been fired up a few years before Jesus, by people like Philo.