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In todays society women are looked upon ignorantly by the male gender This attitude derived from the nave men of the Old Testament They did not see women as being an important part of history and therefore hardly spoke of them When women were mentioned it was usually in a condescending fashion Even with genealogies in the Old Testament women were not listed as if to show that they were not important and of no concern Women in the Old Testament our viewed as being inferior to men sexual predators and an item of property In the first creation story Genesis 127 God is described as creating man both male and female at the same time This might be interpreted as implying equality between the two genders But in the second creation story Genesis 27 God formed only a man Realizing that he needed a helper Genesis 218 God marched all of the animals past Adam Genesis 219-20 looking for a suitable animal Finding none suitable God created Eve out of one of Adams ribs The term helper has historically been interpreted as implying an inferior role for Eve The Hebrew translated word helper is used twenty-one times in the Old Testament twenty of these cases refer to help from a superiorCoogan 813Adam later asserts his authority over Eve by naming her In Genesis 19 the men of Sodom gathered around Lots house and asked that he bring his two guests out so that the men can know them This in frequently interpreted as a desire to gang rape the visitors although other interpretations are possible Lot offers his two virgin daughters to be raped instead Yet even after this despicable act Lot is still regarded as an honorable man worth saving from the destruction of the city Allowing ones daughters to be sexually assaulted by multiple rapists appears to be treated as a minor transgression because of the low status of the young
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