Is the Bible ‘hopelessly patriarchal?’

According to Michael Foster in It’s Good to be a Man (pg. 3), Mary Daly, a feminist scholar, once quipped, ‘the Bible is hopelessly patriarchal.’

In an effort to test this, I thought I’d lay out a little table for visual effect.. The following table has multiple categories and men and women are listed in their respective columns. To make the list, a person must be named in the category they are listed in.

CategoryWomenMenNotes
Patriarchs (head of house)Adam
Noah
Abraham
Isaac
House of Jacob
House of Joseph
House of Judah
House of David
House of Israel

House of …
ZERO houses named after a woman
Prophet(ess)Sarah
Miriam
Deborah
Rebekah
Elizabeth
Mary
Abraham
Jacob
Joseph
Joshua
Samuel
Nathan
David
Gad
Elijah
Elisha
Joel
Amos
Haggai
Obadiah
Isaiah
Ezekiel
Zechariah
Zephaniah
Jeremiah
John
etc…
Zero recorded prophecy from Sarah or Miriam. Deborah only in predicting Sisera’s death by a woman (Judges 4:9). Prophetesses to their husbands?
JudgeDeborahGideon
Samuel
Jephthah
Othniel
Ehud
Shamgar
Samson
ONE female judge and we actually know her husband’s name. The exception proves the rule!
Priest….Aaron
Pinchas
Jehoida
Gamliel
Jehoida
Hilkiah
Zadok
Eliashib
Jehozadak
Caiaphas
ZERO women
King
(Queen – as sovereign)
AthaliahSaul
David Solomon
Rehoboam
Jeroboam
Nadab
Elah
Omri
Ahab
Jehoahaz
Joash
Abijah
Asa
Jehoshaphat
Jehoram
Ahaziah
Amaziah
Uzziah
Jotham
Hezekiah
Amon
Josiah
Jehoiakim
Jeconiah
Zedekiah

(many not listed)
Only named queen that was sovereign was utterly wicked..
DiscipleMatthew
Mark
Luke
John
Peter
Andrew
Judas
Philip
Bartholomew
Jacob (James)
Thaddeus
Simon
Zero disciples. Yeshua could have called one if He wanted one.
ApostlePeter
Matthew
John
Jacob (James)
Paul
Mattathias
Philip
etc.
Zero apostles. ZERO.
ElderAbraham
Isaac
Jacob
ZERO…. (Usually not named, always men, both OT and NT
Author of ScriptureMoses
Samuel
David
Solomon
Ezra
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Hosea
Zechariah
Zephaniah
Jonah
Luke
Matthew
Paul
Jacob (James)
John
Peter
ZERO known female authors of Scripture
Righteous woman as helpmeet to husbandEve
Sarah
Leah
Rachel
Zilpah
Bilhah
Yochebed
Zipporah
Tamar
Ruth
Avigail
Ahinoam
Macaah
Bathsheba
Elizabeth
Mary

(Many more)
Ahhh… maybe here we have a clue….

Is Mary Daly right? I think so. Without question the Scriptures demonstrate what Paul clearly articulates in 1 Corinthians 11. God => Messiah => man => woman. Paul further supports this through multiple passages instructing the women to submit to their husbands, not speak or teach in the Assembly, etc., all rooted in the Torah.

Yah is a Patriarch and He deals with His people according to a patriarchal structure. Israel is a patriarchal tribal family.

Without question, there is an authority structure and God deals with humankind through man who is the responsible party for woman.

Our aversion to this truth does not make it go away. We are still accountable. It just means that it may be a lesson that either He teaches us the hard way, or it is the point at which our rebellion is exposed and we leave HIS path.

Dear brothers and sisters, I keep coming back to this because it is at least as important as Shabbat, Feasts, and Food. Refusing His authority structure is the original sin of both Adam and Chava. And, the greater weight fell on Adam. Men? Are you listening? There is a reason in Isaiah 3 women are exposed in their reproach, but men die! There is a reason in Isaiah 24 it is men who are few in number for forsaking the Torah. It is our responsibility to teach it! (Think 1 Cor. 14:35)

I have many more thoughts and expect this table to be refined. Please comment with what your thoughts are.

Shalom!!

About Pete Rambo

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2 Responses to Is the Bible ‘hopelessly patriarchal?’

  1. Ron Sanches says:

    2 items from a FamilyLife couples seminar many years ago stand out in my mind to balance the equation:
    1. Yes, we are the head, but she is His daughter and it’s our “head” if we mess it up!
    2. This example was given by the man-“half” of the couples presenters in the men’s separate portion of the program. He had to watch his wife go through 16 hours of hard labor waiting to catch the baby in those earlier days of Lamaze. After enduring that, he said jokingly, he went to the hospital chapel and knelt down between 2 other new dads. He heard the one on his right praying thank you, G-d, for a healthy baby. He heard the one on his left praying thank you, G-d, for a baby boy. And he found himself praying, thank you, LORD, for making me a man!
    Thanks, Pete.

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  2. Shaul says:

    Shalom Pete…..so well put….it humbles me to think of the structure of authority and how far off we, who believe, are from it. If we can to see this in the right ‘light’ then the rest of Scripture begins to make sense and fall together in a beautiful narrative that runs from Genesis to Revelations. Yeshua had an awesome responsibility and mission to fulfill in His time on the earth. Totally submitted in obedience to His Father…and He did it well. We too, as men, have the same awesome responsibility and mission toward Yeshua, our Head….how well are we doing? And at the same time, the women have an awesome responsibility and mission toward their head, the man. I think we have a ways to go and some persecution to suffer from those around us but thanks be unto our Master and Head Yeshua and the power of the Set-Apart Spirit it will be done…love you for the work you do…be greatly blessed and encouraged

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