Bible women Essay

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bible women

Rebekah



The values in Genesis are disobeyed by yet another woman who does not conform to the
female model of a fertile mother. While fertility is an overriding value in god's human
construct that women in Genesis threaten to undermine women also obstruct the "natural"
course of history which god has set in motion as part of his ideal world. After god
reconstructs the world through Noah and then Abraham, the divine element withdraws from
the world slightly, and a natural historical course begins to play out through the
momentum that god has initiated.

The incident in Genesis in which a woman interferes with this momentum involves Rebekah,
who intervenes on behalf of her second born son, Jacob. As a result of Rebekah's
manipulative orders, Jacob, the younger son, inherits the divine blessing from Isaac,
though it is clear from the text that Jacob's brother, Esau, had been Isaac's favored
child. Rebekah's actions are rebellious because they result in the violation of the law of
primogeniture that seems to have been the standard practice of inheritance in the book of
Genesis. And by reassigning the inheritance, Rebekah threatens to destroy the course of
events god has anticipated en route to the creation of his select nation. While the text
shows that Rebekah had received a prophecy that "the older would serve the younger"
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