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Feb 23 2011
Biblical principle of treating women with respect?

I thought I knew the Bible pretty well, but this one has me stumped. Recently a high school boy forfeited a match with a girl at the state wrestling tournament in Iowa. The reason according to the father, was Biblical. I thought perhaps it was the rules of kashrut that make women unclean for about a week every month, and therefore not to be touched by men. Or maybe the concern that the son would be touching someone else's property (her father's) and he needed his permission first? But no, the father explained:

Northrup’s dad, Jamie, said that the decision to forfeit was his son’s alone but that it reflected the family’s Christian convictions.

“Even though there’s no specific Scripture that addresses wrestling with girls, there is the biblical Christian principle of treating women with respect and dignity,” Jamie Northrup said, “and not looking at them as objects to be defeated on the wrestling mat to be, in some cases, groped or slammed.”

Principle of treating women with respect and dignity in the Bible? Would that be as in Joshua 11:14 "The Israelites carried off for themselves all the plunder and livestock of these cities, but all the people they put to the sword until they completely destroyed them, not sparing anyone that breathed."


Judges 21: When you see the young women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to the land of Benjamin to be your wife! When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, 'Do us a kindness by helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war, and you are innocent, since you did not give your daughters to them.'"

or maybe

Timothy 20:12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. - yes, that must be the one. What if she had won?

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