by Richard Laue

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The Weapons of a Woman (13 of 20)
Richard Laue
I Peter 3:1-6
May 4, 1997

In Greek civilization the duty of the woman was "to remain indoors and be obedient to her husband." It was the sign of a good woman that she must see as little, hear as little, and ask as little as possible. Why?

She had no kind of independent existence and no mind of her own. Her husband could divorce her at will. All he had to do was return her dowry. She was about the same as a slave. Why?

Under Roman law a woman had no rights whatsoever. In Roman law she remained forever a child, totally dependent upon her husband. Before she was married, she had the same existence with her father. Why?

Cato, the Censor, the typical ancient Roman, wrote, "If you catch your wife in an act of infidelity, you can kill her on the spot without a trial."

Roman women were prohibited from drinking wine, and one Egnatius beat his wife to death when he found her doing so. Why?

Sulpicius Gallus dismissed and divorced his wife because one time she appeared in the streets without a veil.

Antistius Vetus divorced his wife because he saw her secretly speaking to a freed (former slave) woman in public.

Publius Sempronius Sophus divorced his wife because once she went to the public games (Dodger game).

Why? Have you ever wondered why?

Women in the First Century were not educated, were not allowed to read nor write. For years in this country women were not allowed to vote. Why?

It was not this way in the beginning. After Adam had named all the antmals, he looked around, and there was nobody for him ... "There was not found a helpmate comparable to him."

Genesis 2:21-25 ... "and the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: 'This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall ...

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