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What does it mean that the man is the head of the woman in the bible

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Asked by 35yoamom at 2:06 PM on Sep. 8, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • The man is the head of the household.

    Answer by dmdblleb at 2:08 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • That men wrote it...

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 2:10 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • It means that the man is responsible for the woman's well being and safety, for seeing that any decisions that are made would be to her (their) benefit, to provide leadership.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 2:11 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • It just means that the men are suppose to provide for his family

    Answer by Patience909 at 2:13 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Patriarchy came about following the establishment of settled agricultural societies. That is also when cultures became more complex overall, because with a surplus of food humans have time to complicate their lives in unnecessary ways. Creating religions is a common one.

    Answer by LittleWeloosMom at 2:20 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Th man might be the head, but the woman is the neck that turns the head.

    Answer by oldermomof5 at 2:24 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • It means that the man has the obligation and responsibility of putting the wife/family first and doing what is best for the couple/family as a whole. With his role as "leader" or "head" comes that duty to be selfless and do whatever needs to be done for the welfare of the family. Its not so much stripping the woman of any power or say, but obligating the man to take the woman's thoughts/feelings/concerns into consideration when making decisions, as he is responsible for her well being. He is just as obligated to her, in respect and consideration, as she is to him. When comparing these to roles it really does become clear, IMO, that such a relationship is a relationship of equals. Both are equally accountable to each other, and both are equally lifted up by the other. The husband is to put the wife and family first, and the wife is to do the same, so each are putting the other ahead of themselves in mutuality...

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:26 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • bankgeek..i wish i had more voteups left..i'd give them all to you!! excellent answer!

    Answer by dullscissors at 2:57 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • The husband should treat his wife as he would himself then he in turn respects his marriage.

    Yeah, great answer bandgeek521.

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 3:08 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • It means that the husband is to assume leadership in the home (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:23). This leadership should not be dictatorial, condescending, or patronizing to the wife, but should be in accordance with the example of Christ leading the church (Eph 5:25-26) Christ loved the church (His people) with compassion, mercy, forgiveness, respect, and selflessness. Also, it means that the wife are to submit to the authority of their husbands (Eph 5:22-24) as the leader and head of the home. If we look at Colossians 3:18-19 and 1 Peter 3:7 we see that love and respect characterize the roles of both husbands and wives. If these are present, then authority, headship, love, and submission will be no problem for either partner.

    Answer by missionarywifey at 3:23 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

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