BEHIND EVERY GOOD MAN IS A GREAT WOMAN
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
is a great woman.
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
and let their true beauty shine!
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