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"Weren't some parts of the Bible written by women?"

 

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Although several books of the Bible (Ruth, Judith, Esther) are named after women, it is not known that any books of the Bible were written by women. Although the Holy Spirit could have chosen any person He desired as an instrument for producing Holy Scripture, it should be noted that the great Apostle St. Paul did not permit women to teach...

"A woman must receive instruction silently and under complete control. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. Further, Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed. But she will be saved through motherhood, provided women persevere in faith and love and holiness, with self-control." (St. Paul, 1 Tm. 2:11-15)

Given that St. Paul wrote the above under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, might it not seem somewhat contradictory if women were to 'teach' all generations by writing Holy Scripture [especially given that New Testament Scripture was being written in St. Paul's time (including by St. Paul himself)]? Whether modern women not like to hear it or not, the Bible is clear that women are supposed to be subordinate to men (for example, see Gen. 3:16, 1 Pt. 3:1, Col. 3:18, Eph. 5:22-24, etc.). That's not to say women can't be highly intelligent & teach their children wonderfully well (many obviously do), it's just that it might be useful to reflect at least for a moment on the different roles given to men and women by God when considering potentially 'feminist-inspired' questions such as this.


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