A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found by Rachel Held Evans

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By Rachel Held Evans

What is “biblical womanhood” . . . really? 

Strong-willed and self sufficient, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t stitch a button on a shirt sooner than she launched into an intensive lifestyles experiment—a 12 months of biblical womanhood. Intrigued via the traditionalist resurgence that led lots of her pals to desert their careers to imagine conventional gender roles in the house, Evans makes a decision to attempt it for herself, vowing to take all the Bible’s directions for girls as actually as attainable for a yr.  

Pursuing a special advantage every month, Evans learns the not easy approach that her quest for biblical womanhood calls for greater than a “gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4). It ability turning out to be out her hair, making her personal outfits, protecting her head, obeying her husband, emerging earlier than sunrise, abstaining from gossip, last silent in church, or even camping within the entrance backyard in the course of her period. 

See what occurs while a completely smooth girl starts off concerning her husband as “master” and “praises him on the urban gate” with a home made signal. examine the insights she gets from an ongoing correspondence with an Orthodox Jewish lady, and discover what she discovers from her exchanges with a polygamist spouse.  Join her as she wrestles with tough passages of scripture that painting misogyny and violence opposed to women. 

With simply the correct mix of humor and perception, compassion and incredulity, A 12 months of Biblical Womanhood is an workout in scriptural exploration and non secular contemplation. What does God really count on of ladies, and is there rather a prescription for biblical womanhood? Come in addition to Evans as she appears for solutions within the wealthy historical past of biblical heroines, types of grace, and all-around girls of valor. 

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But women's suffering has particularly been undergirded, for in patriarchy it is they and not males who essentially represent the evil that BODY THEOLOGY AND HUMAN SEXUALITY 39 needs redemption - the fleshly body [3]. That sexist dualism is a deadly sin to the health and well-being of women needs no elaboration. That it is also enormously destructive for males, even while men continue to exercise dominant social power and privilege, needs to be recognized as well. The good news, the countervailing virtue in these religious traditions, is the affirmation of human equality.

However, the condemnation of masturbation based on the frustration of the procreative purpose of the semen obviously applied only to males. The whole perspective of the teaching was masculine. Later ethicists had to adduce a different rationale to condemn both male and female masturbation. In fact, a proper understanding of female physiology and the function of the clitoris logically would lead to a questioning of the exclusive emphasis on procreation ([36], p. 17). In many ways a patriarchal approach has had very negative influences on the Catholic tradition in sexuality.

Emphasis on the superiority of virginity is still found in contemporary documents of the hierarchical church ([29], pp. 29-30). In the early church virginity took over the preeminent role that had been given earlier to martyrdom. Until recently Catholic liturgical documents referred to women saints as martyrs, virgins, or neither martyrs nor virgins. Thus there was no positive explanation for those who were neither martyrs nor virgins. Patriarchy and its effect on sexual understanding were immeasurably strengthened by the fact that men had the authority and power in the society and were the canonists and theologians who wrote about these matters.

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