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Women in Religion My intent of this paper is to give the reader knowledge and understanding of women in three different religious traditions Judaism Christianity and Islamic I will compare and contrast on these three different religions and the role of women in each Christianity The Bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of womans emancipation Women considered a lower class than the men wanted this subjugation changed Part of the reason for the subjugation of women is that the Bible could be interpreted in many different ways to suit the needs of the interpreter The interpretations of the Bible are in part responsible for the belief that women are of a lower class than men We see examples of these beliefs when we look at the church the daily lives of women and the media Looking at 1 Timothy 211-12 we see why our religious society could be interpret the Bible this way Let a woman learn in silence with all submission and do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man but to be in silence We must look at the historical context of the passage Written approximately 2000 years ago many parts of the Bible seem outdated The passage portrays a time when women were property and were trained to be weak and fragile This stopped only about thirty years ago Before this time society taught women from birth to be submissive to men What does this mean to us today It means that although American society is no longer training women to be submissive the problem is still present in our belief system Many churches do not believe that women should be part of the clergy This is because they interpret parts of the Bible such as 1 Timothy 211-12 as saying that only men should preach Along with the belief that women must
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