In the beginning…
Genesis is a source people may use to perpetuate their sexist beliefs. When reading this book in depth, I don’t see sexism. In the first chapter, the sexes are treated equal. They both are made in God’s image, blessed, given everything on earth, and seen as very good by God.
Humans don’t show up until Genesis 1:26. This is the first account of Creation in Genesis, yes there are two.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Both sexes are receiving blessings; both were created by God. Why would God see all he made, and think it was “very good” only to change his mind about the female?
So far no superiority is being seen or read. One sex is not getting more than the other. The sexes are often described with plural objective pronouns such as “you” and “them.” No gender-specific pronoun is taking precedent. Sure, it is in English. Good point! That’s why next week on the 16th I will look at Genesis Chapter One with translations. We’ll see if the God’s attitude changes.