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Essay On The Role Of Women In Genesis

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In the book of Genesis in the King James Version of the Bible, men and women appear both equal before the creation of sin. After the creation of sin, we see the creation of a patriarchal society, which in turn leads to the treatment of women as flat characters instead of static characters throughout the entirety of Genesis. In Genesis, we see that women act one-dimensional through the portrayal of Eve and Sarai where they exist just to further on the story of the men in Genesis. Eve represents the mother of all of humanity; however, for such an important character in the Bible, she does not receive the development she deserves as a person, and the development Eve does face only act to further on the development of her husband Adam. Eve does not receive a name from Adam until after the fall of mankind: “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living” (3:20). Eve’s job in life has become to have many babies in order to populate the Earth. Eve faced the harshest punishment from God for eating of the fruit, “Unto thy woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and they…show more content…
When Abram and Sarai go to Egypt Sarai appears as a beautiful woman, “And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her … and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house” (12:14-15). Men look at Sarai in terms of her beauty and her ability to have children and nothing else. The beauty of Sarai leads to the Pharaoh wanting to have her to himself without regard for Abram as Abram calls Sarai his sister in order to not become murdered and have his wife stolen from him (12:12). Beauty and the ability to child bear create Sarai as a character in Genesis, making her one dimensional and furthering the men in the
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