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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
(1) נקבה ,
(2) אשּה ,
The Greek word is θῆλυς ,
Israelitic law seems frequently guilty of unjust partiality in favor of the male sex, but we have to consider that most of these legal and religious disabilities of women can be explained from the social conditions prevailing at the time of legislation. They are therefore found also in contemporaneous Gentile religions. Though traces of this prejudice against the weaker sex are found in the New Testament, the religious discrimination between the sexes has practically ceased, as is evident from Galatians 3:28 : "There can be no male and female; for ye all are one man in Christ Jesus"; compare also 1 Peter 3:7 .
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Female'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/f/female.html. 1915.