Monday, July 04, 2016

Christian Brady has a post asking where the fatherly role models are in the Bible. Answer, they basically aren't there or they swiftly disappear from the narratives on the subject of fatherhood

http://targuman.org/2016/06/21/where-are-the-fatherly-role-models-in-the-bible/

Pertinent to recent topics about biblical manhood and womanhood, it was interesting to see Christian Brady's recent posting about the topic of the attempt to find fatherly role models in the biblical literature.

Brady opened with the observation that everything about the Bible reflected a patriarchal milieu and yet when we look at the figures who are described as praiseworthy ...

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It is a bit surprising then that when I, as a father and husband, look to the Bible to seek out examples of positive role models in men I find it starkly lacking. A fact that is made so much more striking since I can think of many women in the Bible who provide examples of amazingly positive, strong mothers, sisters, and wives. Hannah, Ruth, Naomi, Elizabeth, and Mary to name just a few. So where are all the men that I should emulate? Let’s consider a few. ...

Brady proceeded to show how the heroes of the faith who were patriarchs come off looking pretty badly. One of the challenges of defending biblical manhood and womanhood might be, at least per Christian Brady, is that there basically aren't that many positive examples of fatherhood in the Bible as a whole.  The most loving fathers in the Bible who are human tend to love their children in disastrous and destructive ways.

If even the heroes of the faith come across in their own narratives as disastrous or absentee fathers then the quest to recover biblical manhood and womanhood might founder on what that manhood and womanhood is revealed to be.

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