The stories told about women in the bible illustrate the importance of their role and contribution to society. Although the Bible does not explain God’s relationship with women as with Moses and other prophets, it illustrates love and devotion women had for Him. The stories of the bible describe brave, nurturing, and God fearing women whose decisions impacted the existence of the Israelites.
An interesting characteristic of the bible is that it focuses on the acts of a character without referencing their name. Some stories feature the moral of the story rather than the heroism of the character; this allows the reader to appreciate the message. Besides, men are considered more important in a patriarchal society, therefore, the majority of bible scriptures are male dominated. It is not to say that women did not contribute a great deal, though, when the scripture recognizes a character by name it is because their actions were significant to mention.
In Genesis 2:18, God creates a mate for Adam. He says: “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting helper for him” (p. 5). However, beforehand He gives Adam the responsibility to name the beasts and birds He created. This implies from the beginning man was responsible for all creatures in His garden. Afterward, God creates the helper from Adams rib, which Adam names “woman,” because “from man was she taken” (p. 5). Even though women are child bearers, the bible suggests they came from man. Also, the bible establishes that men are dominant and rule the household.
In a patriarchal society, women obey and respect the men in charge. However, in Exodus, the participation of women contributed to the success of the Israelites freedom. Raveh’s (2013) article explains:
In our quest for the absent story of "birth" as a subject in classical Jewish literature, we must remember that this central and important event in the existence of every individual certainly in the ancient period that we are discussing—was, apparently, the exclusive domain of women. (p. 12)
Raveh (2013) describes women’s role in the bible was more than just “she conceived and gave birth” (p. 12) as they contributed to the continuous development of the Israelite nation.
In Exodus 1:15, the Pharaoh orders the midwives to kill the baby boys born to Hebrew women. The midwives defy the Pharaoh by sparing the baby’s lives. When the Pharaoh questioned their disobedience, they tell him: “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women: they are vigorous. Before the midwife can come to them, they have given...