Hello @Mynameisingka !
Jennifer has posted a great podcast on the biblical view of men and women. And there’s more!
You’ve touched on an issue that is dear to Jo Vitale, so this is a frequent topic of discussion in her lectures too. I’ve posted another podcast below where she offers some additional thoughts.
It is really important to consider historical, cultural and literary styles when examining biblical details because it is a book that was written in ancient contemporary context. This adds validity to the Bible. The fact that it would be impolite to talk about a woman without proper conditions being met (which did involve the presence of a male head of the family) should be a consideration in our criticism.
Other things to consider are that Luke’s genealogy of Jesus in chapter 3 is thought to go backward from Mary (Heli being Mary’s father) but mentions Joseph because Joseph would have been accepted as a son through marriage.
However, Matthew’s genealogy is thought to go forward to Joseph. Eventhough Joseph was Jesus’s “legal, earthly” rather than biological father, the promise to bring Jesus through the line of David was met in both parents whose lines converge at King David.
We do see an amazing thing in Matthew 1:5 where Rahab (the prostitute from Joshua 2) is listed in Jesus’s lineage. This, to me, does express not only the importance of women in God’s eyes, but that each of us has potential to come into God’s kingdom and bring Him glory!
Also in this same verse Ruth is listed. Who originally was a citizen of a pagan nation, but left her comfort zone to stay with her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi. God used this sweet commitment to bring her into the lineage of Jesus Christ.
Here is the link to the podcast I mentioned above. Let us know what you think!