This is an ancient prayer recited by Jewish men.Â Some,Â 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.”Â That would be more in keeping with the overall message of equality, these apologists say.Â I’ve neverÂ read an apologist’s explanation as to whyÂ wives are placed in the category with property like slaves and farm animals in the Ten Commandments.Â They are not lifted high to the levelÂ of being honored like parents.
I’ve heard sermons in church about how respectful the Jesus storiesÂ are of women.Â 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.Â 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.Â That requires another set of people toÂ scurry about apologizing and parsing the terrible things to assure us that certainÂ 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.