The Woman's Bible

by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Other authorsMaureen Fitzgerald (Contributor)
Paperback, 1993




Northeastern (1993), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages


Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a 19th century leading figure in the women's movement and a social activist. In 1848 she presented her Declaration of Sentiments to the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Stanton addressed a broad range of issues besides suffrage. She spoke out on women's parental and custody rights, property rights, employment and income rights, divorce laws, the economic health of the family, and birth control. The purpose of the Woman's Bible was, "The object is to revise only those texts and chapters directly referring to women, and those also in which women are made prominent by exclusion. As all such passages combined form but one-tenth of the Scriptures, the undertaking will not be so laborious as, at the first thought, one would imagine. These texts, with the commentaries, can easily be compressed into a duodecimo volume of about four hundred pages." The introduction begins, "The canon and civil law; church and state; priests and legislators; all political parties and religious denominations have alike taught that woman was made after man, of man, and for man, an inferior being, subject to man. Creeds, codes, Scriptures and statutes, are all based on this idea. The fashions, forms, ceremonies and customs of society, church ordinances and discipline all grow out of this idea." Here is an example of a rewritten passage from Genesis. "26 And God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female image, created he them."… (more)


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LibraryThing member Devil_llama
A look at the women of the Bible and their stories, by a group of women in the early 20th century. The stories they select are interesting, and ones that are often paid little attention to, and the commentary is lively. The book is somewhat dated, and many of the commentary actually demonstrate a
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high level of moralizing that is only slightly less puritanical than the Christian writers of the day. This is a good reminder that many of the women who were working for women's suffage actually wanted the vote so they could vote for restrictive laws based on a version of morality that had become the accepted version of the day, based on little more than personal distaste for "loose women", "obscenity", and the demon rum. The book is easy to read, and it's fun to look through the commentary that puts another spin on the stories. It reminds you of women in the Bible that weren't as popular as the ones we hear about al lthe time, and puts into perspective the inherent sexism that oozes from the book so many people swear by, but have never actually read. Recommended highest for those that wll never be willing to read it.
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LibraryThing member monado
This is a reissue, with new introduction, of The Woman's Bible, the annotated one-tenth of the Christian Bible that deals with women, originally published by the women's Revising Committee and copyright Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1895. The editors used the first and third editions of the book as
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their source. The book has two parts: the first discusses the Pentateuch and the second the books of Kings, Judges, the prophets, and the apostles.
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LibraryThing member m.belljackson
The Woman's Bible delivers inspiring and enlightening commentary related to the control and secondary roles of women in the Old Testament.

The author offers contrasts of the original Hebrew versions opposed to the license that translators took to create distortions in words and meaning.

Sequence is a
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bit choppy and Abraham needed more insight into his willingness to kill his son instead of himself.
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416 p.; 5.75 inches


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