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response 2 - the Bible were strictly male Therefore if the...

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6515 ENGL 3312 January 30, 2008 Written Response # 2 In reading the latter chapters of Genesis, there was a blessing given by Jacob to his twelve sons, he says in the end “ The blessings of your father are stronger than the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills;…” (GEN 49:26). Here this is a strong emphasis placed on the importance of the father, one that has been seen before, but perhaps never vocalized in this way. This seems to be a reoccurring theme which makes sense because “father” is more meaningful than a simple genetics test. Here it is symbolic of a leader of society, a strong male figure and especially God. I think that “father” was an important figure also because of the time that the book was written in. These times were very patriarchal and society depended greatly on the importance of the male figure. It can be presumed or it may be known that the authors of
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Unformatted text preview: the Bible were strictly male. Therefore if the writings were skewed in any fashion it would make sense that there would be more male dominance in this book. It is interesting how much emphasis is placed on being a good son and a good father, while being a wife is more so like a duty and a job rather than a right or privilege. It seems that it is the duty of the wife is to continue the lineage of the family. For example, with Leah and Jacob, they are cast into marriage and Jacob is not in love with her. She knows the importance of being able to have children. When she gave birth to Reuben she claims, “ Because the LORD has looked on my affliction; surely now my husband will love me” (GEN 29:42). Here the authority of the male figure is also seen as she feels the need to be accepted by him....
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