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  1. Introduction
  2. The position of Adam when Eve ate the fruit
  3. Women having a child without the man
  4. The book Eve: Accused or Acquitted by Joseph Abraham
  5. The feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton from the late 1800's
  6. The views of the authors Wolosky and Shira
  7. The women's movement today
  8. Conclusion
  9. Bibliography

Since the dawn of time, women have been fighting for equality. Although it has been a difficult battle, women have come a long way. They are able to vote and make their voices heard. They have careers. Women are becoming more independent and liberated each and every day. Feminism is not just a word anymore; it's a way of life.
Although women have established a higher status than they used to enjoy, there is a strong barrier blocking their path, and that is the Bible. In Genesis, the story of Adam and Eve gives strong support for the wicked nature of women. It is because of Eve that Adam eats the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, and it is because of Eve that they get banished from the Garden of Eden. However, if one takes a closer look, it becomes clear that this is just a matter of perception.

[...] Although one can analyze the Bible and conclude that Eve is in fact inferior and merely ?supplementary,? other works of literature take much more radical approaches. Women are often viewed in such a low and horrific light that any modern feminist would be deeply offended. In contrast to this sort of literature, the role that Eve plays in the Bible upholds the philosophy that women are at least somewhat independent and able to make their own decisions. One such work, Thousand and One Nights,? discusses the differences between men and women, and identifies the resultant gender conflicts. [...]

[...] Hermeneutics of recuperation refers to aspects of feminism that reclaims portions of the Bible that are affirming to women and give women power. Hermeneutics of suspicion refers to feminists that admit that much of the Bible is patriarchal and andocentric. However, these women attempt to search for text in the Bible that is affirming to women. Hermeneutics of resistance refers to feminism that rejects the Bible as a source of authority and aims to read ?against the grain? (Eve: Accused or Acquitted). [...]

[...] In Joseph Abraham's Eve: Accused or Acquitted, he explains the major arguments of feminism in the Creation Narrative in Genesis and looks briefly at the different approaches feminism takes. According to Abraham, ?Feminism biblical scholars fall into two camps. The first sees in the Creation Narrative a clear assertion of equality between the sexes. The second views it as completely patriarchal and androcentric? (Eve: Accused or Acquitted). He debates these two ideas, and explains the difference between the aspects of feminism. [...]

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