Huffing and Puffing
Whew...I'm trying to catch up. Don't know if I ever will! I read up to Genesis 25 today. Man, I hate getting a late start. So while the rest of you are reading Exodus I am pondering the plight of women in Genesis. Perhaps some of you have read "The Red Tent"? I'm not recommending it, and I'm not dissing it either. But it did make me think of the lives of women in new ways. As I read Genesis I find myself wondering how and why the lives of women became so confined, so "ruled" and so perscribed for them...so QUICKLY! How did this happen? How did they allow it, and why? I know what Genesis three says about consequences of "the fall" and how the man will rule over the woman and the woman's desire (turning toward) will be to her husband. I do not believe this was God's plan....but that is another discussion perhaps. Anyway, I am astounded that women became so powerless over their own lives, and the patriarchy became the order of the day. I find the story of Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah and others to be distressing. It didn't used to be. Something has changed in me.