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Role of Women in Genesis and in Sundiata As a collective human element women in Genesis often appear as obstacles to the goals through not fulfilling of their particular roles in the divine scheme From the Garden of Eden right through to the story of Joseph women as wives mothers and daughters are typically unreliable inadequate deceitful or simply by virtue of their womanhood an outright liability and they frequently threaten to undermine Gods will as it is expressed in the opening book of the Bible However in most cases they pose unreliability inadequateness and deceitfulness in order to achieve their goal In Sundiata women are additionally greedy and power hungry as well In both cases it is patriarchal society where women are considered as secondary element still once these women are given the authority do have the capability to manipulate the respect they have been given to achieve the targets they wants to reach Gods first instruction to a human being occurs during the initial telling of the creation story in Genesis Adam and Eve have the mutual responsibility to be fruitful and multiply fill the earth and subdue it128 However it is really the second narrative detailing the creation of man and woman that establishes Gods structure of the world In this structure Eden is created for the first man Adam who has one basic function to work and guard Eden 215 and only one prohibition to abstain from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge 216 Starting right from Genesis in this additional description of the Eden story tension already arises between Eve the first biblical woman ironically created specifically to complete the Eden habitat for Adam and the divine process Duped by the serpent she not only succumbs and eats the forbidden fruit but also encourages Adam to join her thereby causing their expulsion Thus God is forced to confront human perseverance from the very beginning of his quest
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