Women of the Bible
The book Women of the Bible was written by Elizabeth Candy Stanton and a group of other twenty six women and remains an inspirational piece to many people today. It was published back in eighteen ninety five and eighteen ninety eight. Basically, the book is not what it seems and it’s not anything like a new conversion of the Bible with women’s viewpoint in mind (Stanton 18). Particularly, it is an anthology of diverse and perceptive early feminist Biblical condemnation.
The main aim or objective behind the writing and production of the book was generally to defy the traditional place of spiritual orthodoxy that women should be obedient to man. During this time, women rights were being rundown as the writer puts it. For instance, the woman Bible comments on Genesis (Kern 62). This is the case where there are two opposing accounts in the same book. That is the old and the New Testament. For instance, one account honors women as an imperative issue in the conception, eternity and equivalent in power and glory with man where else; the other account makes her a meager postscript personality dominion rising out of this natural fact. This case brings the sense of good progress in her absence and thus seen as the only reason for her arrival being the loneliness of man.
This statement clearly tells us what was happening during that time. Simply, in Women of the Bible, women rights were being neglected in religious settings and law courts during the feminist’s revolution (Stanton 34). This basically was referred to as social war which had bad impacts on women groups. More so, other women rights protesters were opposed to the publication of women Bible. Therefore, with connection to this, Stanton published contentious analysis of the Bible that credited woman’s powerlessness not only to the state laws but also to the predominant religious teachings.
The author desired to promote fundamental therapeutic theology, one that harassed nature progress through writing the book. At the introduction the book happened to draw great deal of argument and rivalry. The writing of this book was also as a result of the influence of women’s advocates rights who had started to accrue refutation to dispute used against them founded on customary interpretations of Biblical scriptures during the nineteen century and earlier days (Stanton 53). The writing of the book involved correcting biblical understanding which was biased against women and further to draw notice to the small portion of the Bible which discussed women.
The author together with the committee had the intension to reveal that it was not heavenly will that shamed women, but human wish for control. The committee members were non Bible scholars who were more involved in biblical elucidation thus were lively in women’s rights. The writing of this book was further contributed by the World’s Anti-Slavery conference in London which deprived of official standing to women delegates. They worked towards initiating long resist towards women’s rights and suffrage (Julius 19). In the years following the Civil War, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others were among those who were determined to fight for women’s suffering and make sure they were set free.
The book reflects on the time when it was published through the several facts that it emerged to enlighten and to solve women problems which were being deprived during that century. For instance, events of the Bible that were placed in historical background, translated as both metaphor and fact, and compared to the legends of other cultures (Kern 87). Further, it reflects to the publication time since it was written at the exact period towards the attempt by women to appraise the Christian legacy and its effects on women through history. More so, the reforms introduced via the book to women enhanced their stand in domestic affairs since their property rights for marriage were won (Stanton 76). This reflected the exact time when majority never knew their rights until they were taught through reading the book.
The publication of the book symbolizes the feminist establishment on last strike at the ancestry of ideology at the back of gender subsidiary role in the civilization which specifically was done at the right time, as in accordance to the time of women rebellion. Stanton achieves this through attacking religious orthodoxy on basis of political (Julius 38). This results to the placing of events in their chronological context, translating passages as both parable and fact, and comparing them with the mythology of other cultures thus, she quotes that the Bible humiliates women to revelation from genesis.
More so, the publication emerged during the period when Bible Scholars who knew their rights couldn’t help in publication or rather help in fighting against women rights which were depressed within the society settings (Kern 102). The Bible Scholars feared losing their carriers and thus they were not determined enough to stand for their rights. The publication thus appeared at the right time therefore reflecting
Kern, Lynn. The Woman’s Bible: gender, religion and ideology in the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania, 1991.
Julius, Michael. Analysis of The Woman’s Bible. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978.
Stanton, Elizabeth. Religion: The woman’s Bible. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1985.