Monday, October 30, 2017

Misogyny in Translation: The "Woman" in Proverbs 30:23 is Really a Man!

   Without doubt, one of the most glaring instances of discrimination and pure hatred against women, is found in Proverbs chapter thirty, verse twenty three, where the words "odious woman,"  are not only incorrectly translated, but contain absolutely false translator supplements as well. 

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   The mistranslation of this verse is so blatant an example of pure, unmitigated misogyny in Bible translation and commentary, there can be no other explanation, than that it was deliberate. 
   Proverbs 30:21-23 should read: 

For three things the earth is disquieted and for four which it cannot bear For a servant when he reigns and a fool when he is filled with food For a "hateful lord"and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress 

   Instead, the King James Version of this verse reads as: "an odious woman when she is married." 
   This translation of Proverbs 30:23, and any similar to it, is filled with translator supplements that have no basis in the Hebrew.  
    Now, at this point, the reader is tempted to accuse only the King James translation as being generally misogynistic. This writer agrees; this particular translation of Proverbs 30:23, is indeed, "odious." However, the underlying Hebrew text of the KJV, is the Ben Chayyim Masoretic Text, which is actually quite woman friendly, and identifies the true culprit in Proverbs 30:23, as being a man, where other Hebrew Texts do not ( a side-note to this, is that editor of the Ben Chayyim Hebrew text was a born-again Masorite Jew, which more than qualified him for his work in translating the Hebrew Scriptures).
   In the King James Bible,  the words,  "odious woman," were translated from two Hebrew words, "sane' ba`al,"   which  literally mean "hateful lord."
      Everyone knows, that whether it is an English lord or a Hebrew lord, the word "lord," refers only to males. So we know that the "odious woman," in Proverbs 30:23 is actually a wicked, hateful, man


Woman this is WAR! Gender Slavery and the Evangelical Caste System, Examines Bible translation and commentary practices which have historically been androcentric (male centered) and even misogynistic (anti-woman). These have adversely effected understanding of the scriptures, relations between women and men, the happiness of men and women, and hindered the work of the gospel. The reader is educated about historic parallels between the twin causes of abolition and women’s rights, while the history of women’s rights is traced back [much further than usual] to the very first feminists…who were Christians—godly women who brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront as they struggled to alleviate the suffering of others, and found they were hindered in doing so for no other reason than the fact of their sex. This book, provides valuable historical insight into Christian initiatives in the movements for women’s rights, that are rarely included in Christian literature.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wives, be afraid: Be VERY afraid



Ephesians 5:32-33 This is a great mystery but I speak concerning Christ and the church[1]  Nevertheless [even though you cannot fully comprehend this] so love everyone after the manner [of Christ and] particularly love your wives even as yourselves (and wives to fear[2] husbands)


[1] As the apostle stated, the relationship between Christ and His Church is a great mystery. It is something the finite mind cannot begin to fathom. Since all our righteousness [the very best we can do] is as menstruous rags to an infinitely Holy God, complementarian efforts at cosmic role play, between god husband and church wife, is nothing less than insulting to a loving Creator. It is a useless, misguided, attempt to “flesh out” something humans are not capable understanding, much less of doing.

[2] The Greek word translated reverence or respect, in this verse, is phobeō. This is the root of the English word, phobia (fear). Examples of New Testament scriptures where the word “respect” would have been just as appropriate, if not more so, [than translating the Greek word, phobeō, as reverence] include: Matthew 21:37, Mark 12:6, Luke 20:13, and Hebrews 12:9. Another option is to translate the word with its most literal meaning of, “fear.” In Ephesians chapter six, Paul admonished slaves to fear and tremble before their lords. He was not advocating slavery. This advice stemmed from concern for their physical safety, and despite the egalitarianism of the early church, wives were in just as much physical danger from husbands as slaves were from masters. During that time, there was no legal recourse for women against domestic violence, and nothing but moral constraint to prevent husbands from beating wives. Sadly, history has shown that moral constraints without legal clout, often prove inadequate in protecting women from marital violence.

The above is an excerpt from the Hungry Hearts Online Bible Commentary HHBC
  
Woman this is WAR! Gender Slavery and the Evangelical Caste System, Examines Bible translation and commentary practices which have historically been androcentric (male centered) and even misogynistic (anti-woman). These have adversely effected understanding of the scriptures, relations between women and men, the happiness of men and women, and hindered the work of the gospel. The reader is educated about historic parallels between the twin causes of abolition and women’s rights, while the history of women’s rights is traced back [much further than usual] to the very first feminists…who were Christians—godly women who brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront as they struggled to alleviate the suffering of others, and found they were hindered in doing so for no other reason than the fact of their sex. This book, provides valuable historical insight into Christian initiatives in the movements for women’s rights, that are rarely included in Christian literature.