An interesting characteristic of the bible is that it focuses on the acts of a character without referencing their name. Some stories feature the moral of the story rather than the heroism of the character; this allows the reader to appreciate the message. Besides, men are considered more important in a patriarchal society, therefore, the majority of bible scriptures are male dominated. It is not to say that women did not contribute a great deal, though, when the scripture recognizes a character by name it is because their actions were significant to mention.
In Genesis 2:18, God creates a mate for Adam. He says: “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting helper for him” (p. 5). However, beforehand He gives Adam the responsibility to name the beasts and birds He created. This implies from the beginning man was responsible for all creatures in His garden. Afterward, God creates the helper from Adams rib, which Adam names “woman,” because “from man was she taken” (p. 5). Even though women are child bearers, the bible suggests they came from man. Also, the bible establishes that men are dominant and rule the household.
In a patriarchal society, women obey and respect the men in charge. However, in Exodus, the participation of women contributed to the success of the Israelites freedom. Raveh’s (2013) article explains:
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In Exodus (4:24), God threatened to kill Moses because his son was not circumcised. According to Hebrew law, circumcision is the rite of passage. Moses’s wife Zipporah intervenes by acting spontaneously and performs the circumcision, afterwards stating: “A bridegroom of blood because of the circumcision” (Ex. 1:26). Zipporah’s response suggests she recognizes Moses is not Egyptian (as she initially thought when they married), but rather he is Hebrew-by blood.
Jewish Publication Society. (1985). Tanakh =: [Tanakh]: a new translation of the Holy Scriptures according to the traditional Hebrew text. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society.
Raveh, I. (2013). “They let the children live”: The midwives at a political crossroads. Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, 11-26.
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