Song of a Valiant Woman: 1
- This superb academic text examines in detail the history of the interpretation of the woman in Proverbs 31. It also provides ground breaking form critical, philological and Christian worldview studies on the 'Valiant Woman'.
The subject is once again germaine to our concerns regarding how to translate Ephesians 5. As an introduction I would like to quote a feminist response to this song and an unusual Puritan response.
Denise Charmody, 1989, writes,
- In a single text, then we find the ambiguity of the heritage bequeathed women by the Hebrew Bible. Even at its moment of high praise, the Bible reflects a man's world. From the Eve created as the helpmate of Adam to the good wife who eases the life of her senatorial husband, woman is the second sex. This patriarchal view is simply not acceptable. (Wolter, page 141)
- A point which distinguishes Cartwright's treatment of the Song from that of most others is his concern to apply it to men as well as women. ... After commenting in connection with verse 11, that the Valiant Woman should take care never to appear unchaste, Cartwright adds: 'This same point is also to be applied to the duty of the husband toward the wife.' Or again, after stating in connection with verse 12 that the wife should do good to the husband whatever his age, health or wealth, Cartwright adds 'These things must be performed also by the husband for the wife.' (Wolter, page 123)
Labels: proverbs 31