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QN. To what extent did women in Israel oppressed their counterparts. How applicable is this to your society?(25) -68

Divinity Revision Questions | 15 July 2016


The above question might be new to some of you, but that is a question which is confusing number of students .It will be my pleasure if this article helps lot of people . Women of Israel cannot be separated from the history of the Israelites, and their names cannot be easily separated from history, this include Deborah, Hannah, Miriam, Peninnah,Jezebel ,Bathsheba and the women of Samaria during the days of Amos .The above named characters oppressed their counterparts, this will be fully shown below .


 - Jezebel played a crucial role in getting the Naboth vineyards, this include writing the letters on behalf of the King. This is recorded in 1st Kings 21:8.The family managed to get rid of Naboth and they succeeded in getting the vineyard ,this is evidenced by the death of Naboth. Naboth was married ,this cannot be denied even though the bible is silent about it .The bottom line is that Naboth's wife was left landless and as a widow because of the actions of Jezebel, hence ,it can be argued that the actions of Jezebel oppressed others .

 - Miriam is well known of gossiping in the old testament. The relationship of Miriam and Zipporah the wife of Moses was far from being cordial. Miriam didn't like the Cushite woman ,this is the reason why he went on to complain .The whole story is recorded in Numbers 12:4-8.This indicates that there was clash between the two women, the trouble causer being Miriam, therefore, it is an enough evidence to prove that women in Israel oppressed their counterparts.

 - The story of Amos who condemned the women of Samaria is well known. Amos in chapter 4:1 gave us a picture that the women of Israel persuaded their husbands to get rid of the vulnerable groups "poor husbands" ,as a result their wives to suffer.The root cause being the women of Samaria who were evil. As such, this justify the view that women of Samaria oppressed their counterparts.

N.B More examples can be added .This include the following. ~Hannah oppressed by Peninnah 1st Samuel 1:1 ~Bathsheba oppressed the wives of David


 - In as much as it can be said that the women of Israel oppressed their counterparts, one should consider the view that they are some who are not recorded to have oppressed their counterparts for instance Gomer the wife of Hosea ,the wife of son of prophet (2 kings 4:1,the widow of Zerapath, the Shunamite woman, the prophetess the wife of Isaiah. As such this indicates that women in Israel did not totally oppress their counterparts.


 - In Zimbabwean context, women oppress their counterparts for instance local newspaper recorded that in Victoria Falls town women "small houses" fights against the legal wives .Element of oppressing each other can be noticed ,therefore, this indicates that women oppressing their counterparts is applicable in Zimbabwe.

 - StarFM during weekdays early in the morning usually broadcast Auntie Rhoda and Sekuru Nyati , a caller phoned and explained that she is suffering and the cause was that the small house had witched her. There is element of oppressing each other .

 - Sis Noe once published a certain post from a certain a lady in Zimbabwe who said that she was looking for a serious husband after the aunts of her former husband had chased her away because of being infertile .Aunts oppressed the daughter in law (verbal war) .Therefore, this proves us to us that women in Zimbabwe oppress their counterparts .


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