Patriarchy In The Bible

It is my view that Patriarchy is the most fundamental of all illegitimate forms of authority. As the family is most likely the original organized collective in the history of humanity, then the concept of male rule would seem to have developed in that very context. Then, by the time societies had developed into municipalities and conceived of the ideology of monotheism, misogyny appears to have become both normalized and legalized. At least such was the case for certain cultures, namely the ancient Hebrews. For although the origin of sexist ideology is uncertain, the concept was clearly embedded into the Hebrew culture by the time their Bible was written some 2800 years ago.

In fact, from the opening Creation myths to the final apocalyptic assertions, sexism and misogyny are presented throughout biblical literature as normal and acceptable. Misogyny within the Hebrew Bible ranged from conditioning and commanding women to accept a subjective and submissive role towards the man, to the legalized maltreatment and merciless murder of women.

In the light of the import of such archaic values into modern society, and the detrimental influence of such even to this day, I am embarking upon a personal study and written assessment of the topic of Misogyny in the Bible. It is neither my intent to attack any of the three monotheistic faiths whose doctrines developed from the Hebrew Bible (aka Old Testament), nor to malign the Bible itself, but rather to assess such from a secular, sensible, and hopefully sensitive point of view. In so doing, I shall endeavor to be as fair to the original writers and to people of faith as I am fervent in subjecting the archaic ideology and illegitimate authority of Patriarchy to a rational and critical assessment.

(NEXT: “Misogyny in the Hebrew Creation Myths”)

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2 thoughts on “Patriarchy In The Bible

  1. Re “It is my view that Patriarchy is the most fundamental of all illegitimate forms of authority.” Ah, but it has at its root, the source of authority that underlies all of the others … force. Women did as they were told by bigger, stronger males … or else. If there was a bigger, stronger female, she would have been ganged up on by a horde of males to restore the natural order: that of the strong commanding the weak.

    Interestingly, Christianity plaid the “weak card” (Blessed are the meek, etc.) but clearly didn’t mean it. While the church was in its infancy, it needed numbers and so recruited from those not already recruited (women and slaves). Once the power was accumulated, the gloves came off and the weak could go fuck themselves as gfar as the church was concerned.

    On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 2:37 PM, A Humanist’s perspective wrote:

    > ahumanistsperspective posted: “It is my view that Patriarchy is the most > fundamental of all illegitimate forms of authority. As the family is most > likely the original organized collective in the history of humanity, then > the concept of male rule would seem to have developed in that ve” >

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