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BEHIND EVERY GOOD MAN IS A GREAT WOMAN Most ancient texts were written by men It is important to remember this The writers made sure that men were always the heroes the powerful ones-- the important ones Women always seem to lay in the background However we must not blame this solely on the writers Historically women have not been treated as equals One cannot help but observe that in the specific area of family life a widespread social and cultural tradition has considered womens role to be exclusively that of wife and mother As a wife a woman was expected to obey and serve her husband Men saw women as what they believed to be the fulfillment of Gods intention It is not good that the man should be alone I will make him a helper as his partner Genesis 218 Despite these biases women play a central and crucial role in many historical texts Even if the men are always the heroes behind every good man is a great woman Lets explore these two great women Penelope from Homers Odyssey and Sarah from Genesis They are both shadowed by the greatness of their husbands However if we read carefully we can make them come out of their hiding place and let their true beauty shine Sarah is the faithful and loving wife of Abraham God favors Abraham and makes great plans for him God promises Abraham that he will become a numerous people Genesis 17 However becoming a numerous people is impossible without the aid of women Thus Sarah plays an important role in Gods historical purpose Sarah plays an important role in Abrahams life too She is a devoted wife that seems willing to do anything for her husband When they are about to enter Egypt
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