The Bible, writes Phyllis Trible, was born and bred in a land of patriarchy, and abounds in male imagery and language. The interpretation of the Bible, too, has largely been in the hands of men. Only recently has any critique of this male dominance begun to emerge.
With particular reference to the Hebrew Scriptures, three approaches to the study of women may be identified:-
1. The case against women
The first approach emphasises the case against women. …