Genesis and Gender: Biblical Myths of Sexuality and Their Cultural Impact

Genesis and Gender: Biblical Myths of Sexuality and Their Cultural Impact

Genesis and Gender: Biblical Myths of Sexuality and Their Cultural Impact

Genesis and Gender: Biblical Myths of Sexuality and Their Cultural Impact

Synopsis

In this provocative treatment of the Genesis stories, Phipps maintains that crucial points pertaining to gender have been overlooked because of faulty interpretations that have been accepted uncritically by society for generations. Examining the history of biblical interpretations, the study focuses on both past impact and potential for human relations in the future, and offers a broader concept in which the creation stories are seen as reflections of the male/female relationship as well as the relationship between both genders and their creator. This clearly feminist treatment of the creation stories presents the view that after cultural prejudices are removed, powerful insights for contemporary life are revealed.

Excerpt

This book is about the most influential myths ever told and their significance for resolving some long-standing gender problems. The creation stories of Genesis are of central importance in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Being the source of revelatory life-styles and authoritative doctrines, the myths have continually been transmitted by the religious faithful. They have also had an impact on those whose orientation is secular. However, crucial points pertaining to gender have generally been missed because faulty traditional interpretations have been accepted uncritically.

Before a discussion of biblical texts and interpretations can properly get underway in the following chapters, a semantic confusion must be addressed. The term myth has provoked much controversy because it has at least two basic meanings in the original Greek and in other European languages. Both meanings share the awareness that myths are fictions. The significant difference in this: in popular talk myths are false fictions, but in scholarly talk myths are true fictions.

In common parlance a myth refers to a fabrication which ignorant people accept as true. For example, one "myth" about pregnancy is that it can be prevented by having intercourse while standing. Politicians sometimes prefer the soft word "myth" to the libelous word "lie" in referring to their opponents' positions. Old Myths and New Realities, the title of Senator Fulbright's book about government policies, suggests . . .

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