According to the second creation story, Genesis 2,4b – 3,24, women have been subjected to men in punishment for Eve’s sin.
* God said to the woman: ” . . . your yearning shall be for your husband, yet he shall rule over you!” Genesis 3,16
The same creation story is used in 1 Corinthians 11,2-16 and in 1 Timothy 2,9-15 to keep women subject to men.
* “Man did not come from woman; no, woman came from man; and man was not created for the sake of woman, but woman for the sake of man.” 1 Corinthians 11,8-9
* “Adam was created first and Eve afterwards, and it was not Adam who was led astray but the woman who was led astray and fell into sin.” 1 Timothy 2,13-14
Does this apply to women today?
Just like the first creation account [Genesis 1,1 -2,4a], the second creation account [Genesis 2,4b – 3,24] is a story with a restricted teaching purpose. The details of the presentation should not be taken as a literal description of actual events.
The presentation has four sections:
|story||focus of attention|
|i||2,4b-17||God creates a human being and places him/her within a lush garden (Eden). God demands obedience.||Human beings are God’s favourite creatures with key responsibilities.|
|ii||2,18-24||God first creates animals, but they are inferior to the human being. God then splits the human being into a man and a woman.||Men and women are equal, sharing the same body.|
|iii||2,25 – 3,13||Seduced by the snake, the woman and the man eat from the forbidden tree.||Sin consists in wanting to be like God. It leads to shame and guilt.|
|iv||3,14-24||God punishes the snake, the woman and the man.||The effects of living in a sinful world are suffering and death. This includes women being subject to men.|
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