The Shack

by

William P. Young

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Sophia Character Analysis

Sophia, the personification of God’s wisdom, is a beautiful, commanding woman who forces Mack to realize that in judging other people, his is actually, by extension, judging God for allowing evil to exist in the world. Jesus later explains that Sophia is not a distinct part of the trinity, but instead “part of the mystery surrounding Sarayu.”
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Sophia Character Timeline in The Shack

The timeline below shows where the character Sophia appears in The Shack. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11: Here Come Da Judge
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...cavern is a chair. Mack takes a seat and sees in front of him a regal olive-skinned woman standing behind a huge ebony desk. Mack is overwhelmed by her beauty. She asks if... (full context)
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The olive-skinned woman says she is there to help Mack on this serious day and that Mack is... (full context)
Independence from God Theme Icon
Love and Relationships Theme Icon
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When the olive-skinned woman says that Mack loves his children the way the Father loves his, Mack bristles, saying... (full context)
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The olive-skinned woman tells Mack he is there to judge God and the human race. She says he... (full context)
Independence from God Theme Icon
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...Mack’s anger breaks through, and he says Missy’s killer should be damned to hell. The olive-skinned woman asks about that man’s father, who raised a monster; Mack agrees that he should be... (full context)
Independence from God Theme Icon
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The olive-skinned woman tells Mack that if he thinks he has the ability to judge God, he certainly... (full context)
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...he still doesn’t understand how Papa could love Missy and let her murder happen. The olive-skinned woman says that the world is severely broken because humans demanded independence. Horrible things happen to... (full context)
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...the lake—all of his children, including Missy. Missy runs over to the rock face. The olive-skinned woman says Missy knows Mack is there, but cannot see or hear him, even though he... (full context)
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Mack says he still feels like it’s his fault that Missy was taken, but the olive-skinned woman says that no one else believes that, and even if they did, he would be... (full context)
Chapter 12: In the Belly of the Beasts
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...with Jesus, who is skipping stones. Jesus explains that the woman in the cave was Sophia, a personification of Papa’s wisdom. She is not a separate persona of God but a... (full context)