Women's Inferior Status in The Bible Essay

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Corinthians 14:34 states, “Let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law” (Holy Bible, King James Edition). Edith Hamilton, "recognized as the greatest woman Classicist", says that the Bible is the only book before our century that looked to women as human beings, no better nor worse than men (Tanner). However, it cannot be said that this book was consistently favorable to women. Maybe not absolutely, but conditionally in personal opinion, the Bible shows numerous examples of a woman’s inferiority to men, an assessment that has been translated into the cultures of generations. In this essay I will address briefly instances in the bible …show more content…
The regulations for purification are also more complex for women. While men can often become clean by washing with water, women require more stringent purification. In the case of childbirth the cost of cleanliness is the sacrifice of a lamb and the intervention of a priest to accomplish purification (Holy Bible, King James Edition, Leviticus 12).

In my understanding, the terms whore and harlot are biblical words used for women who deviated from the sexual moral code. In the book of Numbers, women's bodies are seen as the property of their fathers and husbands, this being a product of the time period. Virginity and chastity were mandatory for women, and any woman proven to have broken this moral code would be seen as unclean and unwanted (Numbers 4). Men were permitted many wives while women were permitted only one. They could be subject to a test for adultery, if thought to have been unfaithful (Numbers 5:11-31). The subject of a woman’s menstrual cycle was also often seen as impure, which is the reasoning behind Greek Orthodox beliefs that women can not be priests, for they have a monthly impurity and cannot be in contact with the alter.

The gospels contain many accounts of Jesus treating women as equal, and including them in religious exhibition. Examples of this would include the story in which Jesus requests to drink from the vessel of a Samaritan woman,

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