Some would view the Bible’s mention of how some women were treated in her day as means of proving Christians or Bible-believers or even God Himself to be sexist and misogynistic in their view of women. Unfortunately there have been many who for their own motives of exerting power, used certain verses in the Bible to mean that women are of less worth than men, and should be treated as such, but I do not for a moment believe that is how God sees women.
I think we’re forgetting some very important roles held by women mentioned in the Bible. We have Deborah, from the Old Testament, who was a judge over Israel and led an army to victory when the man who was supposed to do it chickened out. In the same story, Jael, another woman, tricked the general into her tent where she put a peg through his temples while he slept. Yet another woman was recorded to have killed a high ranking man by dropping a millstone on his head. Something that embarassing done by a woman to a man would’ve never been recorded in historical texts of the day. There’s also Priscilla in the New Testament who was a deacon, and she was often named before her husband…which also would’ve never been allowed in their historical texts. Many other god-fearing women were named in the Bible…far more than say, the number of Pharoh’s named in the Bible. Christian women were also able to worship in the same room with the men which is also unheard of for Jews and Muslims, even today.
Just because cultural norms of the biblical period was recorded (i.e. women as chattel) doesn’t mean that’s how God meant for women to be viewed. It’s just how men in Middle Eastern cultures viewed women at the time (or maybe even today) that was recorded. In the New Testament you read many accounts of Jesus breaking those customary norms to elevate and defend women in their culture. He was the first feminist! Certainly misguided men in the Western world (or perhaps it was deliberate) have used and continue to use certain verses to justify their incorrect positions on the value of women under the guise of religion, but there are many more passages in the Bible that show how women have risen up against what their cultures expected of them. The fact that the Bible records not just their actions, but their NAMES, shows they were of high enough value and regard to be included in the historical accounts of the holy scriptures. I think that says a lot about God that is different from what many want to believe about Him. God DOES value women. We are His precious daughters with equal inheritance as His sons….and co-heirs with Christ!
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:26-29 NIV