Women and the Resurrection Story

The centrality of women in the resurrection story unmistakable, and at least two very significant points flow from that point.

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Women have suffered under the dominion and control of males since the beginning of recorded history (and before no doubt). The culture in the US today, though, is much different than at any other time in history. Women have gained status they have never before had, As an example, about 65% of all college students in the US are women. The political, cultural and societal winds have shifted toward equality.

Most of the world, however, is not even close to that benchmark yet. In Muslim countries, in particular, women continue to be treated in ways that more “western” sensibilities consider backward and even barbarian. But, the historical subjugation of women is not just a Muslim thing; it has been very widespread and pervasive¬†going far¬†back in time.

This may seem like an odd backdrop to the resurrection story, but women and the resurrection story are forever intertwined in one of the most progressive and remarkably dignified ways in ancient literature.

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