I heard an ad the other day about some kind of cancer medicine. The woman said something like, "You could be home the day after chemotherapy to be with your support systerm." I thought, "Why don't you say, 'with your family and friends'?"
We have a tendency to impersonalize our relationships. Another example is the phrase, "wisdom figure." We can't bring ourselves to say, "He is a wise man." We have to say, "He is a wisdom figure." I suppose this is the influence of Jungean psychology.
Jesus was not a "wisdom figure." He was a wise man--with the wisdom of God, which was a stumbling block for the Jews and folly to the Greeks.