Revolting Men

Too long we men have been silent about the sexist nature of the Bible. Without question an anti-masculine stance characterizes the Scriptures in general.

It begins right at the beginning. Apparently Miriam and Zipporah got to Moses and muddled his mind. In Genesis 4:26 he comments about the third generation of the race that “at that time men began to call upon the name of the Lord.” Moses apparently assumes that women either (a) did not need to call upon the name of the Lord or (b) were already doing so. The passage is an obvious, unforgivable slight to men.

And who are the perverted in the city of Sodom? The men, of course (Gen. 19:4). Presumably the women had kept their virtue in the midst of all this masculine depravity.

Moses’ crowning insult to men is recorded in the first chapter of Numbers. When it was necessary to gird for war to take the promised land, notice who was numbered to go. Right again—the men! Women were too valuable to expend in war.

This theme of masculine inferiority is also seen in Ecclesiastes. Solomon, continually reminded of the inferiority of males by his thousand wives, crumbled under pressure and wrote: “For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of the beasts is the same.” The logical conclusion from his silence about women is that the daughters of women are destined for some better fate.

Even the Psalmist fell into this trap. He asks: “O Lord, what is man that thou dost regard him, or the son of man that thou dost think of him?” Obviously David felt it was self-evident what woman is that God should regard her.

And when the writer of Proverbs wants to describe wisdom to his son, does he picture a bearded sage with snowy locks? Surprise—wisdom is a she (Prov. 1:20)!

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