If I could pick one verse from scripture, and claim that everything else – not just scripture, but everything else – should take account of it, this would be the one:
“The Lord created me [Wisdom] at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.” (Proverbs 8: 22– 23)
Crossan precedes this verse with: “Begin with Jewish speculation about divine Wisdom and remember that, in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin, wisdom is a feminine noun.
– From The Birth of Christianity – Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus – John Dominic Crossan