THE DESIRE OF THE WOMAN: GENESIS 3:16 REVISITED

  • Daniel K. Bediako Valley View University
  • Josiah B. Andor Regent University College of Science and Technology

Abstract

This paper sought to interpret tešûqâ as used in Gen 3:16 through an analysis of structure and clause functions within the pericope (3:14-19) and to relate the text to the theme of conflict. The study focused on the divine pronouncement against the woman (3:16) after the entrance of sin. As part of the pronouncement, God told the woman that her desire (tešûqâ) shall be against her husband but he shall rule (māšal) over her (3:16b). Placing 3:16b within the bigger structure, this study concludes that the woman’s “desire” (tešûqâ) and the man’s “rule” (māšal) in 3:16 occur in a context where the woman’s desire is to control the man, but the man was mandated to rule over her. This conclusion is further applied to the theme of conflict from a theological and practical perspective.

Keywords: tešûqâ, māšal, Gen. 3:16, Conflict, Women, text-semantics

Author Biographies

Daniel K. Bediako, Valley View University

Prof Daniel K. Bediako completed his bachelors in Theology from Valley View University, Oyibi, Accra, Ghana, where he is currently serving as the Vice Chancellor. He also holds both MAR and PhD in Old Testament Studies from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines.

Josiah B. Andor, Regent University College of Science and Technology

Dr. Josiah B. Andor is currently the Dean of Students at Regent University College of Science and Technology, Accra, Ghana. He completed his bachelors in Theology from Valley View University, Oyibi, Accra, Ghana. He also holds both MPhil and PhD in Old Testament Studies from University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Published
2019-01-23