HEBREW BIBLE AS WOWAN 3
HebrewBible as Woman
Thefeminist theology refers to a movement that is evidenced in severalreligions such as Christianity, Hebrew, and Judaism. The aims ofthese movements are to reconsider the practices and traditions ofthese religions from a feminist point of view. The feminist theologyevolved with the women`s experience and the nature of the community`sstructure. Men believe that they have control over women, and manyargue that women will be considered real humans when this assumptionends. The Old Testament shows different scenarios where the feministtheology is nullified. The roles of women in Exodus seem to diminishdue to the establishment of the relationship between Mosses and God.Miriam is the only woman whose story is not covered. Exum portrayswomen as instruments of patriarchy ideology. The perception is falsein accordance with Exodus, and the different roles of women areidentified. Exum highlights numerous roles of women and the variousinstances where they have helped deliver from oppression.
Allthe women explained in the Exodus are shown doing acts that helppreserve the life in threatening situations. Majority of them risktheir life for the sake of other. Shiphrah and Puah are Hebrew andEgyptian women who take the likelihood of ethnicity and class inorder to provide care and nurture to the victims of violence. Theother important element portrayed in the Old Testament is the women`svalues. Some of the women who showed these values are Rahab andEsther. These values are demonstrated when women are in groups ascompared to individual persons. For instance, the values ofcooperation are seen among the women who accompanied the daughters ofZelophehad. There is another case where Zipporah protected Mossesfrom being killed by God in Egypt. It occurred after Mosses was givena go ahead instruction to take his family out of the Midian land.
Thewoman`s action, to preserve life, are clearly outlined in Exodus-1-3. It is from the story where a woman saved Moses life when he wasleft to die. There was a law to kill all the male children, andMosses`s mother placed him in the banks of the river for any GoodSamaritan to take care of him. Despite the laws, Pharaoh`s daughtertook him to the palace. She was aware that any action, she makes,will go beyond the gender, class, and ethnic boundaries. Miriam, whowas Moses`s sister, emerged from the shoreline and was asked to takecare of him in the palace. Pharaoh was the male character identifiedin the Bible, and he played a significant role in the growth ofMoses. When Moses was rescued, he grew up in the palace and wasfamiliar with all the laws. He also received the best education justlike a king`s son. Later, he was able to recognize his people and theway they were being mistreated. Mosses escaped after the Egyptiankillings and rescues the Midian`s seven daughters who are threatenedat the well by some shepherds. He was saved by a group of women whenhe was a child and his actions reciprocated by helping these womenfrom the ruthless shepherds.
Therole of women as delivers comes to an end when God manifests himselfto Mosses in form of a burning bush. It is from this chapter thatfewer women are seen helping the weak. In Exodus 3,:22, Zipporah thewife of Mosses is seen sympathizing so that God can deliver hishusband from an individual challenge. In the same verse, there isalso a group of women who appears when Moses was communicating withGod in ways to rescue the Israelites from Pharaoh. God himself saidthat the Egyptian women will prove helpful by collecting jewelry andclothing from their neighbors so that it can help sustain them on thejourney. Yahweh said that the Egyptian women will partner with theHebrew women in delivering them from bondage. It is the second timewhere the Egyptian helps the Hebrew women economically. The firstinstance was when Pharaoh visited Mosses mother to give medicalassistance.