"Why do men get all the glory in the bible? Why are women only minor characters?!"

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This is a fascinating question, for examination of it reveals two major patterns in scripture, relative to our subject.

But let me make a comment before we get to those--in the bible, ONLY God ends up with the glory--everyone else has 'problems'...

The two major patterns:

But we should not be surprised by this--God delights in turning our perspectives and values 'upside down'--remember that the God of Power and Glory, came to earth as a Galilean peasant, was born in a stable, and executed as an international criminal--to save us...revealing the heart of the Divine Servant: " For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve"

Indeed, God delights in using the "normal", the "common", the "ignoble" to make His point (I Cor 1.26f: Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things -- and the things that are not -- to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God -- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.")

Women are not romanticized in the text--there are evil females who oppress and commit bloodshed--but overall they are portrayed very favorably, and are singled out as making significant contributions. (God seems to delight in bragging on His daughters!).

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