Essay on Ancient Biblical Stories and Greek Myths Being Male Oriented

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Ancient Biblical Stories and Greek Myths Being Male Oriented

Are the ancient biblical stories and the myths of the Greeks irredeemably male oriented?

All ancient societies treated women as the inferior gender. It has been historically shown that in the ancient world, men were the leaders, heroes, and kings, and women served primarily as companions, helpers, and child-bearers. In the Old Testament and throughout ancient Greek literature, there is a constant theme of male superiority that cannot be ignored. Men did not believe that women were capable of existing as anything other than the typical “housewife;” it was unthinkable that a woman would actually need an education, let alone earn a living. Rarely was a woman seen
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26). Women did not get to choose who they married. The entire concept of love, especially from a woman’s point of view, was not considered as a factor in marriage. The women were expected to comply and marry the man who chose them without complaint.
In the book of Genesis, Abram sends a servant to fetch a wife for his son, Isaac, in order to console him following his mother’s death. “To my land and to my birthplace you shall go, and you shall take a wife for my son, for Isaac” (Genesis 24:4, p113). The servant then follows his instructions and travels to Abram’s homeland, finding Rebekah and bringing her home to Isaac. “And he loved her, and Isaac was consoled after his mother’s death” (Genesis 24:67, p123). A wife-seeking mission such as this was considered normal, and was often done, in the name of God- “Take [Rebekah] and go and let her be the wife of your master's son as the LORD has spoken" (Genesis 24:51-52, p120).
An ancient woman’s principal function in life was to supplement the life of her husband, ensuring that his every need was met. Because men were usually out of the home completing their own duties (in the case of the Greeks, fighting; in the Bible, working), women were expected to maintain the well being of the family, as both wives and as mothers. As a wife, a woman was expected to serve her husband however he desired, which meant…

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