I've found passage after passage about how little God thinks of women, starting with his first female creation, Eve, who was a great disappointment to him. From that first creation, and the sin that she committed, he calls us the property of our husbands, punishes us forever by cursing us with painful births (Gen 3:16), which make us "unclean", saying that our lives are only worthwhile if we bear sons (we can die happily if we bear our husbands a son), wants to see all males three times a year (Ex 23:17) , but seems to never want to see women.
He has approved, and even gives directions for, the sale of daughters (Ex 21:7), the purchase of virgins (Ex 22:16), encourages polygamous marriages (only the men get multiple spouses), giving directions on how to take a second wife (Ex 21:10). and even married men having concubines. Women are rarely mentioned in a positive light in the Bible, except in relation to their husbands or fathers, and in that capacity, as their property.
He has declared women to be unclean for a week after giving birth to a son, unclean for two weeks after giving birth to a daughter, and must make a sacrifice to God for her sin of giving birth (Lev 12:12-12:18).
Through all of that, as far as I can find, he has never, ever spoken directly to a woman, but sometimes to women through their husbands. Is there something I missed? Does God ever speak directly to a woman in the Bible? If not, why not? Does he ever look kindly on women, except for the rare, unblemished virgin?Answer Question
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