The origin of woman is given in Genesis 1:27 and 2:21-22, the reason for her creation in Genesis 2:18.
1. Relation to Man. Woman is included in the doctrine of man in the generic sense, and furthermore both sinned in Adam's fall. She is not to be considered as less important than man, but only as a different form of human creation from him.
2. In the Old Testament. Israel's women were honored above those of other nations, as may be learned from the commandment "Honour thy ... mother." Considerable significance attaches to the great characters and names of Old Testament women like Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Esther, Ruth.
3. In the New Testament. According to the New Testament the woman's place in relation to man calls for precise adjustment and recognition. Woman, as her position has been defined by the Scriptures, is in great peril when out of her sphere, which never becomes that of leadership. Some outstanding New Testament women are: Elizabeth, Mary the mother of Christ, the other Marys, Lydia, Priscilla, etc.
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