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January 21, 13 Cosmological Submission and Social Hierarchies Rabbinic Sources: - Pg78: How do the Rabbis reconcile G1:27? “So G-d created humankind in his image, in the image of G-d he created them; male and female he created them.” ^first part it talks in a singular and the second part is a plural. Genesis Rabbah 18.4 – There‟s 2 Eves – R. Judah – First he created her for him and then he made her again. They were full of discharge and blood which was disgusting and G-d destroyed the first Eve. – what this does to women – how people view women. Social orders and expectations Reflective of their social context. - - Pg81: What is the value of the rib? What does that say about women‟s tendencies and the proper social order? (Genesis Rabbah 18.2). - Giving examples from the great women of the bible to show how “crappy” they are. - Rib = modesty – tucked away, always concealed – also the bone is always concealed by the skin. – Only valued if you are modest and concealed. - No examples of positive qualities. - If one is not modest then they are a coquette, etc… - We “know” if she isn‟t modest then she is all of the other listed things. - All the listed things = the breakdown of social cohesion. – What men understand to be social disorder. Jewish Sources: - 81: In Genesis Rabbah 18.2, why the rib? - 81-82: In Genesis Rabbah 17.8, what does earth and bone say about men‟s and women‟s tendencies? - 84:85: What‟s the difference between Adam and Eve‟s beauty and why is there a difference? - 92: The curses on Eve are pretty serious in „Erubin 100b, but Sotah 12b has a softer side. There what restores a woman‟s body to her pre-Fall body? - If a woman listens to her husband she will have birth w/o pain. - But women will never be able to get to it. - If a baby dies, it is b/c she was a rebel and didnt listen to her husband Christian Sources: - 134: Origen srts up a need for harmony between pairs, how does this play out in his discussion of the soul? - ^When men and women are at harmony the world is too. - If you are a man who goes a stray you are like a harlot, if you are a woman you are at the will of the man (spirit). - 149-51: Augustine separates the 2 Creation stories into spiritual and physical. What does that mean for his notion of women‟s social role as a helper? – purpose is to procreate not toil - 152: Augustine has A and E share the sin, and says that E is not punished “literally” for it. Why? So why does she have to obey her husband like a slave? - 117: In the letters of Paul, why is there no longer male and female in the egalitarian reasons? To what degree was this reflected in real world situations? - 117-8: In the hierarchical readings in the letters of Paul, we see a focus on the body and what is natural and unnatural. Christ is the head of every man, husband is the head of the wife, jus
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