The Removal Of The Female

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Holy Misogyny is a nine-chapter book that focuses on the removal of the female in scriptures the early Christian tradition. DeConick uses and mentions various branches of Christianity to explore, and compare and contrast the erasing of the female. It was DeConick’s son that spurred her interest and search in this particular topic; he asked her, “Mom, where is Lady God?”. She uses the questions “Why is God male? Why are women associated with sin? Why can’t women be priests?” to help her discover the ultimate answer. The layout of each chapter is based on specific explorations and makes connections between a wide variety of quotes, narratives, letters, and the New Testament gospels. DeConick proves her thoroughness in her research and allows…show more content…
Chapter two portrays the shift of gender mainly in Syria. The Syrian’s view on the Spirit is brought up and it is clear they see the Spirit as a female. However, the hymm in the Gospel of the Hebrews begins to be overwritten and each time it lessens the female Spirit. By the end of the second century the female spirit becomes a neuter or male in the Greek and Latin Christianity. Sixth century, the Spirit is male in Syriac language and the female Spirit is eventually removed. Chapter three and four consists of multiple narratives from the New Testament gospels and Paul’s letters to refer to Jesus and Paul’s views on sex and gender. In chapter three, marriage, divorce, sex, abstinence, a menstruating woman are discussed. However, the chapter ends with evidence from the Gospel which points out Jesus’s worry on women’s issues. The next chapter is mainly Paul’s view on marriage, divorce, and females. He believes the right sex is married sex and that if divorce were to occur then the woman should “remain single or return to the husband she left” (DeConick 57). Furthermore, he believed women should cover and veil themselves to stop sexual desire, which is an act of sin. Paul proves through his interpretations of early Christian literature, his letters, the Book of Genesis, that he views females as evil and less worthy of males. Chapter five maps out marriage and workingwomen as leaderships roles within their churches in
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