Geneva feminist theologians say Bible is outdated and not relevant to today’s values
Women in the Bible needed an upgrade, says Lauriane Savoy, a theology professor who pushed for the Une Bible des Femmes (A Women’s Bible). Published in October 2018, the Bible reflects the value and importance of women.
“Feminist values and reading the Bible are not incompatible,” said Professor Savoy of the University of Geneva.
Redefining scriptures to satisfy a progressive view
The Holy Bible is criticized for suppressing women’s rights, ignoring slavery, and condemning same-sex acts.
After hundreds of years, the popularity of 21st-century neo-feminism prompted these theologians to reinterpret the Holy Bible.
Hollywood portrayed women in the Bible as slaves, prostitutes, and merely on the sidelines. However, the scriptures do show the love and respect of women. Jesus showed reverence to His mother while He defended women’s oppression.
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The old testament depicted high respect for these women of courage – Zipporah, Deborah, Manoah’s wife, Ruth, Hannah, Abagail, the wise woman of Tekoa & Abel-Bethmaach, Shunammite Woman, Queen Esther. [Rachel Lehner]
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“We wanted to work in an ecumenical way,” said Parmentier, also a theologian working with Savoy. To begin with, there can never be “ecumenism” in God’s terms.
She also said, “We are fighting against a literal reading of the texts,” and this is where the danger lies. Ecumenism is one of Satan’s tools to dilute Biblical truth.
Interestingly, none of the most learned Bible scholars were consulted. Saying Catholics had a say in it actually weakens their interpretation.
An egalitarian reinterpretation of sacred text
Standing behind the statues of Calvin and other Protestant founders at the University of Geneva, Savoy claims that the Bible we have today is “completely outdated with no relevance to today’s values of equality.”
Although the new bible version may present itself as holy, it is nothing but an egalitarian reinterpretation of sacred text.