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Part 1: Injustice of Women's Voices


This series magnifies the four biblical narratives of Hagar; Tamar, the daughter-in-law of Judah; Tamar, the daughter of King David; and the Samaritan Woman. These biblical women have experienced injustice related to their voices. Therefore, this section will examine the story of each woman individually. In this way, their voices are not neglected.


The stories of these women are not wholesome. Some characters violate and inflict injustice, and others use unconventional methods to restore their place. Not all the women in these narratives receive a positive outcome. The recorded experience of women in the Bible does not model how we perpetuate a culture of injustice against women. It is a challenge to respond differently and with justice.


These female biblical characters mirror what is experienced by women today. Women's voices are rejected when we fail to acknowledge the reality in these stories. Various verbs describe what happens to women's voices within the church; diminished, unexplored, unexamined, untold, ignored, passed over, neglected, omitted, discounted, marginalized, oppressed, and subjugated. As a result of these actions, there is a loss in our collective knowledge. Women are articulate and have knowledge and experiences to offer our brothers and sisters. The message is that women will not be heard or fully received in their experience.


The narratives of Hagar; Tamar, the daughter-in-law of Judah; Tamar, the daughter of King David; and the Samaritan Woman give us specific windows into women's lives during the biblical era. It is essential to note first, the voice that speaks. Second, the perspective of the storyteller and how the audience is to interpret the story. Finally, what boundaries or power structures are in place?


For these women, there is a multitude of complex systems within the cultures that perpetuate injustice. There is no easy way out of complex situations for them and women today.

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