Daisy Cooper attacks sexist Bible stories for girls book

I was taken the other day by this tweet from Daisy Cooper, who was unimpressed by a book she found in a branch of The Works:

If, like me, you had no idea who the Five Daughters of Zelophehad were, their story is interesting. They took on an all -male establishment and challenged the fact that they had no right to inherit their father’s property.

Daisy is right. The Bible is full of examples of strong women who challenged the status quo. They should be celebrated. as they are an inspiration to all of us.  That book, though, is not the way to do it.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • The Bible is horribly sexist anyway, e.g.

    Corinthians 11:3 – ‘But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.’

    1 Timothy 2:12 – ‘I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man; she must be quiet.’

  • LORENZO CHERIN 24th Dec '17 - 4:19pm

    Daisy , Caron, right.

    The concept of these gender divisions remind me of the last day of my Catholic , excellent primary school, fed up with segregated boys and girls playgrounds, as one who did not like football but did like girls, and had terrific female chums, I marched into the girls playground in the break , many boys backing me, to demand desegregation, as we were wanting to spend our break with who we wanted to regardless of gender !

    And Jo Swinson and Daisy were not even born in 1978 !

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 25th Dec '17 - 12:27am

    @Stephen To be fair the examples you quote are just Paul. Jesus himself in the New Testament was much more equal minded. He had female friends and conversed as an equal with women.

    I think there are many examples of misogyny in the Bible as there are in society but there are some amazing female characters.

  • Ian Hurdley 25th Dec '17 - 8:15am

    @Caron Lindsay In my book Paul has a lot to answer for. He brought with him to his belief in Jesus an enormous amount of the fundamentalism that previously motivated him to pursue ‘believers’.

  • Some of you would, if left to yourselves, still argue about ‘angels and pin heads’…
    It is an irrefutable fact that god favours women…
    “While the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” So, as the Lord commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.”

    The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”Jesus the Lord said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

    Was it the same Lord when the poor guy needed him?

  • Laurence Cox 25th Dec '17 - 1:58pm

    And of course, Ruth, daughter-in-law of Naomi, who married Boaz and so became an ancestor of Jesus; Judith, who saved Judea by killing the Assyrian general Holofernes; and Esther whose actions are still commemorated in the Jewish feast of Purim; all of whom have books named after them in the Old Testament.

    I think the book ended up in The Works because no one would buy it at full price in any reputable bookshop.

  • I have a wonderful print at home called “Anna in the Temple” Anna spent her life in the Temple after her husband had died and, along with Simeon is said to have recognised Christ as the Messiah. It is not just the strong but the faithful, like Anna, and dedicated women who are celebrated in the Bible. The story of the “Widows Mite” being a fine example of of the strength of the the weakest in the New Testament….

    But there are strong women a plenty, not least those who were with Christ at the cross when all bar one Disciple had left his side. Whilst the “Rock” was shown to have fled and denounced Jesus, the two Mary’s stayed the course to what they must have felt was the bitter end.

    I would also say that those taking Paul to task do so on a selected reading and too often forget the social norms of the time…

  • Women and men are equal. Sexism has no place in modern society.

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