Agree 100% with you on it all, but did not want to belabor that fact of “stewardship vs dominion”. I am wordy enough as is.
I should have said “charge” regardless of wording, it “God” “charged” man with the responsibility of earth’s welfare, quite obviously.
A responsible farmer does not deplete her soil. A competent fisher does not over-catch, a competent forest ranger does not set fire to a forest etc. I think that is all rather evident in any near accurate translation.
I have no doubt The entire Christian Bible is so highly patriarchal in mis-translations, but highly patriarchal anyway if correctly translated.
Ancient Hebrews wer polytheistic – not just Yahweh, and Yahweh had wives, one being Asherah. Hundreds of female fertility goddesses figurines were found having been dated from the first half of first millennium BCE, mostly in Jerusalem (Coogan, Michael. God and Sex. p 166). so that all went away with the insistence of “one male god.”
So this is essentially misogyny, throwing women out of the big picture, having them as possessions, and i.e. God telling men to slit the pregnant women’s bellies to abort the babies of the enemy–so yes, even abortion was God inspired back in the day, along with stoning, endless wars etc.
Just another issue that anti-abortion “Christians” have no christian biblical theological feet on which to stand. Saving life really cannot be used as biblical, because back in the day they did not believe the unborn child was an independent, living human being. Ancient laws illustrate this very clearly.
But if you say --“well, modern science has changed our view of the Biblical interpretations”
Do they also believe that adulterers should be stoned to death? That wearing two different fabrics simultaneously is a sin, and on, and on, and on. Then those are just cherry picking.
My most favorite denial to such statements is commonly, “well the Bible says what the Bible says.” Circular reasoning going nowhere if there ever was, total rejection of logic.
But a wonderfully rich text we have, full of differing versions of the same stories over and over from different sources, and different writer’s styles etc. rather obviously. And completely florescent contradictions plentiful, i.e. differing versions of the big 10 commandments, Jesus’ life etc.
Speaking of misogyny and tossing females out of the big picture, does that remind us of anyone today?