Friday, July 20, 2007

Biblical Quote of the Day 7.20.2007

"And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;" ~ Genesis 3:17

Remember fellas, the lesson that God teaches men here. Whatever you do, don't listen to your wives! Adam did, and since he "hearkened unto the voice of (his) wife," the ground was cursed because of him, and he would have to eat from the ground, in sadness, for the rest of his life. No thanks!

Maybe this is why it was the male-dominated Christian way to have the women seen but not heard, and to only speak when spoken to. I know I would enact that rule if I were a believer.

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Blogger byron said...

The issue in Genesis 3 was not that Adam listened to his wife at all, but that he listened to her and ate from the tree in disobedience. In Hebrew expression, parallel comments are usually not simply added to one another (i.e. Adam did two things: listen and ate) but are two ways of saying the same thing (Adam listened-and-ate). It was because he failed to trust God to provide that the ground was cursed. Notice also that part of the curse is the oppression of women by men (Gen 3.16). The male-dominated 'Christian' way is not a Christian way at all. The husband is to render life-giving service to the wife out of love. The wife is to joyfully trust the husband. That this so often is perverted (even by Christians) is part of the tragedy to which Jesus is such good news.

7:10 PM  
Blogger ramatheson said...

Your point about the Hebrew parallelism is an interesting one. It's not something I am largely familiar with, and so I must concede the point to you. Perhaps someone else can chime in on this.

As far as the male-dominating view of the bible, it is quite clear that while the male is to love his wife, he still has dominion and power over her. I don't know another more concise definition of domination than the ones the bible presents, and I am referring to the New Testament.

Without repeating myself, I get into this more in-depth in my article in this article.

9:10 AM  

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