The Kaleidoscope of Theology
Genesis 3:16 is a fascinating verse as it is the only one of its kind that speaks of the man’s rule over the woman as God’s words to humankind. For all of its simplicity, this one verse has been altered, re-written, and re-interpreted for centuries with huge ramification to theology and therefore life as lived through the lens of theology. Every change has either subjected women through marriage, or elevated their status as virgins, or made the woman the man’s enemy. We live in an era that has inherited all the numerous interpretations and the sheer volume has left us unsure what to do with the information. On the one hand we have theologians who insist the verse speaks of the woman’s desire to control the man; on the other hand we have theologians who see the verse as a prediction of the man’s desire to rule over the woman. Ordinary people are stuck in the middle, trying to find a way to incorporate the conflicting information into their own lives. This book is designed to give the ordinary layperson a glimpse into the theological development and reasoning that is behind this present conflict. It is not intended to give all the answers, but to guide the reader to further study into the origin of the disharmony we now see in the male and female relationship, and how to best apply the answers that many consider to be the cornerstone of human society into their own lives.