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