Women's Inferior Status in The Bible Essay
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,