If we were going to read a collection of books that were written thousands of years ago, how would we expect it to treat women? What would be some of the characteristics that we would expect? We would not expect women to be given very much freedom—after all, women couldn’t even vote in America until the early 1900s. We would expect women to be viewed more as property than people. We would expect women to be taking on stereotypical feminine gender roles—cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, etc. We would expect to see men given a higher status than women on a very regular basis.
In light of these expectations it is no less than shocking to read how the Bible treats women. Continue reading