"Women are always pictured as being servile or passive or evil or stupid..."

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On the contrary...

Women are portrayed realistically, but favorably, throughout the biblical documents, and are often used in literary settings as examples of true followers of YHWH (e.g. women in Matthew, Ruth).


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