Chapter 2 The Matriarchs (God, the First Feminist)

Was it in a class called Women and Religion that I first heard that the Bible was a book written by men for men about men? I can’t recall. I do know now, though, that such a position is untenable in the face of the actual text, which speaks as often to women as to men and about women as about men. I suppose I should assume the idea that the Torah excludes women is a simple mistake, but I wonder if that lie wasn’t first intended to discourage women from looking to the Torah for God to speak to them about what it means to be a woman. As Rousseau points out in Emile (not to defend the Torah, mind you) there is no simpler way to rob women of their power over men than to first make them believe they should act like men. There are plenty of real women whose successes and failures are recorded in the Torah:
Chava (Eve-the good, the bad, and the good)
Sarah (beautiful and wise, (bitter and jealous), godly and submissive)
Lot’s wife (a sign and a reminder)
Lot’s daughters (girls!)
Rivka (Rebecca-independent, courageous, bold, sold out to the purpose and plan of God)
Rachel (costly beauty, bitter rivalry)
Leah (longsuffering and heartbreakingly faithful)
Jael (a warrior maiden)
Miriam, sister of Moses (a prophetess)
Sapphira (oops)
Miriam, mother of Yeshua
Miriam of Magdala
and on and on and on…


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