A Challenge to Complementarians
The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) of Chester, who was one of Abarbanel’s avid readers, was
a Calvinist, Puritan dissenter. He had virulent anti-Catholic and anti-Anglican views, but
he was vigorous in compiling his Biblical commentaries.
If the quotation about Eve, placing her within the tradition of Sephardic women, truly
came from the Talmud, then it would provide an interesting challenge to the sexist
prejudices that continue to survive in some Jewish and Christian traditions.
The fact that it was probably the creative work of Matthew Henry makes the quotation
an interesting challenge to those neo-Calvinists today who claim they are
‘complementarians’ and seek Biblical justice for their prejudicial views about the place
of women in religious life.