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Re: Women in power, was Re: Ezra-Neh

>. Rather, the understanding that
made Hulda possible despite the general view of women was that some women
are exeptional enough to reach such positions.*This in some sense would
be true for men too - not every body got to be a Moses.*<

Did you listen to yourself as you wrote this?  It seems to this reader
(given the exponential difference  in the number of the "some" women as opposed
to the number of male prophets recorded in Scripture) that you find it quite
acceptable that these women should be very few in number as contrasted with the
number of men who made it into the ranks of the prophets.... (We weren't
talking exclusively about Moses, remember, so you are comparing apples with
oranges here.)

There is something sadly wrong with the mindset of those who, in current
parlance, "just don't get it."   It is neither normal, natural, nor acceptable
to assume that  the number of women who can   qualify intellectually and
spiritually for this position will automatically be vastly fewer than the
number of men.  As I said earlier, try reading the vast body of feminist
scholarship that has developed in the past twenty years since women have been
given (more or less) equal opportunity to become academics. (And I'm talking
about serious,   hardcore scholarship, not fringe rubbish   (which exists in
feminist studies just as in all other branches of scholarship -- including,
alas, bible and related studies, when done by those who beg the question and
assume the conclusion, as opposed to those who adopt a more objective
"scientific" stance that does not rest on an  unshakable belief in the involve-
ment of God in the human enterprise of writing scriptures.

Judith Romney Wegner