Women 's Influence On Women

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Ideas about how women were perceived in society can usually be seen in the literature of the time. Women are often portrayed negatively in most old literature, even the Bible. The Bible portrays women in many different ways in the canon and in books not included in the Bible. Women in 1 Timothy and The Acts of Paul and Thecla are shown at almost opposite ends of the scale in what they can and cannot do, whether it be teaching or bearing children. The women in 1 Timothy are restricted and seen as immoral, but the women in The Acts of Paul and Thecla, particualry Thecla, are shown as stronger authority figures. 1 Timothy is a book in the New Testament that deals with the portrayal of women, and more specifically what they can and cannot do,…show more content…
Women must be modest and only hold domestic roles within society because they cannot have authority over any man, which means they cannot hold teaching roles or even speak in church. The women must “learn in silence with full submission [and] no woman [is] to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). 1 Timothy is very clear about women’s roles in society: they must be modest, married, and have children. The widows must be honest and real widows over the age of 60. The only rules for men in this book are rules for leading the church. Women are seen as the temptresses and the creators of sin because “Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” (1 Timothy 2:14). This is one view of the biblical woman where the most important thing about her is her body and how she uses it. In the Acts of Paul and Thecla, women are viewed in a completely different light. Women are, of course, supposed to be pious and stay a virgin until marriage, but in Thecla’s case she is not required to get married. The ideal woman is also beautiful because Thecla represents the ideal woman in this book, and she is referred to as a beautiful girl. Thecla has quite a bit of
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