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Describe and explain the religious position of woman in the New Testament times.

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A 1) Describe and explain the religious position of woman in the New Testament times. In the New Testament times women were largely uneducated and had no legal rights and no place in public life. In the synagogue, the Jewish place of worship, woman could only listen from behind a curtain or a screen. Often there was a separate gallery above the area in which men worshipped. All of these areas has restricted and basically no view of the proceedings and also a poor ability to hear the readings. Women were forbidden to read from the torah and also from preaching. ...read more.

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There was a Rabbinic proverb "do not gossip much with a woman", which was applied by some men to their own wives. It was regarded that some woman, especially an unmarried woman, should not go out at all, and should instead stay at home and work in the house. Although this strict seclusion of woman from the outside world was not possible in poor families as woman were forced to go outside and work. In rural areas woman were given more freedom. ...read more.

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Up to the age of twelve and a half her father had complete power over her, then at marriage she came under the authority of her husband, who was from then on obliged to support her. In return for this a woman had to fulfill all household duties, and have a family. Under Jewish law a woman could not divorce her husband unless her followed a despised trade, such as dung collecting or beat her, or refused to have sexual intercourse with her. A man could divorce his wife for no real reason and a divorce for a man was much easier to obtain than for a woman. ...read more.

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