penelope and sarah

             Most ancient texts were written by men. It is important to remember this.
             The writers made sure that men were always the heroes, the powerful ones-- the
             important ones. Women always seem to lay in the background. However, we must
             not blame this solely on the writers. Historically, women have not been treated as
             equals. One cannot help but observe that in the specific area of family life a
             widespread social and cultural tradition has considered women's role to be
             exclusively that of wife and mother. As a wife, a woman was expected to obey
             and serve her husband. Men saw women as, what they believed to be, the fulfillment
             of God’s intention: "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a
             helper as his partner" (Genesis 2.18).
             Despite these biases, women play a central and crucial role in many
             historical texts. Even if the men are always the heroes, behind every good man
             Let’s explore these two great women: Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey,
             and Sarah from Genesis. They are both shadowed by the greatness of their husbands.
             However, if we read carefully, we can make them come out of their hiding place
             Sarah is the faithful and loving wife of Abraham. God favors Abraham and
             makes great plans for him. God promises Abraham that he will become “a numerous
             people” (Genesis 17). However, becoming “a numerous people” is impossible
             without the aid of women. Thus, Sarah plays an important role in God’s historical
             Sarah plays an important role in Abraham’s life too. She is a devoted wife
             that seems willing to do anything for her husband. When they are about to enter
             Egypt (Genesis 12.10) Abraham says to Sarah, “ I know well that you are a woman
             beautiful in appearance; and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his
             wife’; then they will kill me..”. Abraham, of course, want...

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