For contrast let me suggest this view. This is from Jacob Neusner, In The encyclopedia of Judaism (Vol. 2, p. 783)
In Prov. 8:22, personified Wisdom declares that she was created at the very beginning of God’s dominion, even before the watery abyss whose preexistence is taken for granted in Gen. 1:2. Moreover, personified Wisdom declares (Prov. 8:22–31) that, at the time of the creation of the cosmos, she accompanied God as a confidant. Already in Ps. 119 this personified Wisdom of Proverbs is identified with Torah, the same Torah that, in Ps. 119, as already in Deut. 17 and Neh. 9, comprises a God-given book of instructions concerning human behavior.
I thought that these verses from the book of (Wis 7:21–30) would be a good example of this train of thought, I know it’s not Canon but I still like it and find it hard to disagree with it as a metaphor.
21 I learned both what is secret and what is manifest,
22 for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me. For in her there is a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible,
23 beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent and pure and most subtle.
24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
25 For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
26 For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.
27 Though she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
28 for God loves nothing so much as the man who lives with wisdom.
29 For she is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
30 for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
To all that contrast this view from Saadia Goan, a 9th century Jewish philosopher, Rabbi and exegete of the Hebrew language we have this position, also for Neusner’s book (Vol. 2, p. 712). Please note when he refers to rival theories he is referring to Greek, Christian, Muslim and Jewish views of creation.
In his discussion of the rival theories of creation, Saadia’s considers the view that in creating the world God employed instruments or intermediary spiritual entities. Such a theme is found in Philo and in the Church Fathers, some of whom identify this instrument with Jesus. Saadia vigorously argues against this idea. He is especially concerned to defeat the claim that this idea appears explicitly in Prov. 8:22, which suggests that wisdom is premundane and served as God’s instrument in creating the world. According to Saadia, all that Prov. 8:22 says is that God created the universe wisely, subject to order and design, nothing more.
Just thought that you would enjoy. None of my Sunday school teachers has ever pointed this out.