Thank You, God, For Not Making Me Woman Nor Slave

This is an ancient prayer recited by Jewish men.  Some, who teach about the Torah, explain that the Torah is very respectful of women and there are other ways of interpreting this phrase.

Another way to say it, so the instruction says, is, “Thank you, God, for making me part of mankind and free.”  That would be more in keeping with the overall message of equality, these apologists say.  I’ve never read an apologist’s explanation as to why wives are placed in the category with property like slaves and farm animals in the Ten Commandments.  They are not lifted high to the level  of being honored like parents.

I’ve heard sermons in church about how respectful the Jesus stories are of women.  Apparently, this is necessary to offset the stoning of women elsewhere in the Bible.

As I’ve grown older, it has become more and more of a mystery to me as to why people say they look to the Bible for moral guidence.  While there is some stuff in there that seems to confirm what we, today, think of as high minded moral behavior, there is also stuff that is just immoral.  That requires another set of people to scurry about apologizing and parsing the terrible things to assure us that certain Bible passages mean something different than what they actually say.

It seems to me that our behavior today would be just as good, and as bad, if we had never heard of the Bible.

3 Responses

  1. jschoena

    It seems like the people who advocate for Bible-based morality the most vigorously are the ones who know the least about what’s actually in the Bible. They cherry-pick, and ignore the nasty parts (or excuse them away somehow). Maybe reading the whole Bible would be too much hard work for them, and would cut into their “Dancing With The Stars” and Sunday football time.

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