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The Hebrew Bible and Sexism The Hebrew Bible is a book of wisdom Within its pages are many noble and just intentions that in practice would benefit all of mankind The Ten Commandments for instance are generally altruistic in aim If everyone obeyed them the world would certainly be a better place And although these passages serve to benefit mankind there are many within the scripture that simply dont Many of these segments support and even advocate sexism both in belief and in practice The role of women in the Old Testament establishes that women are inferior to men It presents the concept that women must live their lives in such a manner as to preserve this inferiority The Hebrew Bible is sexist towards women This is definitely not the path less-taken Feminist writers have supported this view of the Hebrew Bible for years Phyllis Bird writes women are portrayed as objects in the Book of Genesis3 Alice Bach states that women are mans ruin - it is Eve who causes humanity to be expelled from paradise4 Feminists often argue that women are portrayed as a commodity Men offer their daughters for other men to have sex with a number of times in the Hebrew Bible Feminists claim the Old Testament is sexist in its description of women Women are generally described by their physical characteristics and not their intelligence Many view the Hebrew Bible as sexist in its concept of a womans purpose which is to serve under man These are just a few of the arguments made by those who see the Hebrew Bible as sexist They are claims that are repeatedly supported throughout the text The Hebrew Bible presents five distinct judgments of women 1 Woman are deceitful andor lustful 2 Women are foolish and less intelligent than
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