Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Enough depressive stuff for this week...
cool women in History.... and are you going to be one?
I doubt I shall be remembered past two generations if I am lucky. But I m doing my best to serve God and pass the word on. The guy who led Billy Graham to Christ might have only touched one person in his life, but boy, what a difference in the world eh?
So here are some favorites of mine for various reasons ( some sick, some rock solid, some bizarre)
One kick butt woman:
We learn here that God intends to use a woman to defeat the enemy of Israel. Barak, the great general, will not get the glory for what occurs, as God has decided to use one of the powerless to defeat one of the powerful.
......' But Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, until it went down into the ground he was lying fast asleep from weariness and he died....
Jael proves to be a strong and determined woman. Many times we are told that strength and determination are solely for men, or at best should only be exercised under the direction of a husband. But Jael takes the initiative not only without her husband's consent, but against her husband's wishes. We know Heber would not have appreciated Jael pegging Sisera as Judges 4:17 tells us, "Now Sisera had fled away on foot to the tent of Jael wife of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between King Jabin of Hazor and the clan of Heber the Kenite." Sisera served Jabin; Heber was at peace with Jabin.
Sisera felt safe going with Jael-he trusted her to act according to what her husband wanted. More he was lulled by her feminity. Some authors have noted the innuendo of Sisera falling between Jael's legs, yet we do not have to stretch our imaginations in that direction to see Jael's feminine wiles. She brings him milk to drink, like a mother with her child. She covers him with a rug, as if "tucking" him in. Yet this motherly figure reaches for a tent stake an executes her enemy. In a very real sense, Jael becomes one of the "assassins" mentioned in the Bible not despite but through her sex.
Could you foloowing the Lord and go against your husband's wishes?
Hypatia.. check this link for details...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia_of_Alexandria
but in a nutshell:Hypatia of Alexandria (pronounced /haɪˈpeɪʃə/ in English) (Greek: Ὑπατία; born between AD 350 and 370 – 415) was a Greek scholar from Alexandria in Egypt, considered the first notable woman in mathematics, who also taught philosophy and astronomy.
She lived in Roman Egypt, and was killed by a Christian mob who blamed her for religious turmoil. Some suggest that her murder marked the end of what is traditionally known as Classical antiquity, although others[who?] observe that Hellenistic philosophy continued to flourish until the age of Justinian in the sixth century.
A Neoplatonist philosopher, she belonged to the mathematical tradition of the Academy of Athens represented by Eudoxus of Cnidus; she followed the school of the 3rd century thinker Plotinus, discouraging empirical enquiry and encouraging logical and mathematical studies.
Hypatia was the daughter of Theon, who was her teacher and the last known mathematician associated with the Museum of Alexandria. She traveled to both Athens and Italy to study, before becoming head of the Platonist school at Alexandria in approximately 400 AD . According to the 10th century Byzantine encyclopedia the Suda, she worked as teacher of philosophy, teaching the works of Plato and Aristotle. It is believed that there were both Christians and foreigners among her students.
Although Hypatia was herself a pagan, she was respected by a number of Christians, and later held up by Christian authors as a symbol of virtue. The Suda controversially declared her "the wife of Isidore the Philosopher" but agreed she had remained a virgin. Hypatia rebuffed a suitor by showing him her menstrual rags, claiming they demonstrated that there was "nothing beautiful" about carnal desires.
what a way to rebuff a dude ,... My kind of chick. and soooo smart in an era when
women were treated like chattel. She wore pants, argued and debated and taught men.
Margaret Sanger was educated as and worked as a nurse. In her work with poor women on the Lower East Side of New York, she was aware of the effects of unplanned and unwelcome pregnancies. Her mother's health had suffered as she bore eleven children. She came to believe in the importance to women's lives and women's health of the availability of birth control, a term which she's credited with inventing.
Google her and read up on this brave undaunting, proponent of women's reproductive rights. What would you be willing to go to jail for? or get exiled? Her husband was fully supportive of her endeavors so Kudos to him as well!!
MEDUSA... chick who got a bad rap and got screwed ( literally) by Athena and the other gods... she was a faithful, beautiful virgin working in Athena's temple. Poisiden came along , lusted and took what he wanted. Ancient crime and injustices still abound today. Athena, being one of the "boys" punished Medusa for being violated ( ie raped) in the temple and turned her into a hideous monster ( Gorgon) who could turn people into stone, just by them seeing her. Hair of snakes and cracked and painful skin were a reminder of what she lost due to some bastard stealing her life, her service and her virginity...
heres a real definition; not my bias:
The myth of Medusa has evolved greatly over the centuries. It is generally agreed that her parents were Phorcys and Ceto, and she had two sisters; the three sisters were collectively known as the Gorgons. Medusa, however, did not start out hideous. She was allegedly quite beautiful, and in many myths is described as a fresh-faced fair maiden, until she was violated by Poseidon in a temple of Athena.
Athena was so angered by Medusa's violation in her temple that she punished Medusa by turning her into a horrifying monster, with hair made from snakes and the ability to turn onlookers into stone. Her name, incidentally, translates as “one who rules over,” or “protectress.” Her face often appears on talismans which are meant to protect people from evil by turning the evil away; such talismans are known as apotropes.
Various versions of Medusa's history state that she was pregnant when killed by Perseus, and perhaps even asleep. In any case, Perseus had help; Hermes and Athena helped him figure out how to kill the infamous Gorgon, and as a payment, Perseus brought Medusa's head to Athena, who used it as an ornament on her shield.
In some stories, Medusa's blood served as the seed of Pegasus, the winged horse god of Greek mythology. Her blood also apparently gave birth to all of the venomous snakes in Africa, and in some tales it was transformed into a powerful medicine with the ability to wake the dead. Medusa lives on, however, as an image of terrible womanhood, and in some parts of the West, angry women are described as Gorgons or Medusas.