Powerful Egyptian Women
1 of 4)
October 11, 2011
Egyptian queens like Meryetnit, Hatshepsut, and Cleopatra all left their mark on history. But these were queens. What about
certain other Egyptian women? By all accounts, the Black African men of Egypt held their women in the highest esteem.
According to historian Will Durant, "‘No people, ancient or modern,' said Max
Muller, ‘has given women so high a legal status as did the inhabitants of the Nile Valley.' The monuments picture
them eating and drinking in public, going about their affairs in the streets unattended and unharmed, and freely engaging
in industry and trade."
Centuries later the Jewish wife--another Woman
of Color--was similarly described as "freely engaging in industry and trade," among her pursuit of other interests.
"A truly good wife is the most precious treasure a man can find! Her husband
depends on her, and she never lets him down. She is good to him every day of her life, and with her own hands she gladly makes
clothes. She is like a sailing ship that brings food from across the sea.
gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family and for her servants. She knows how to buy land and how to plant a
vineyard, and she always works hard. She knows when to buy or sell, and she stays busy until late at night. She spins her
own cloth, and she helps the poor and the needy.
"Her family has warm
clothing, and so she doesn't worry when it snows. She does her own sewing, and everything she wears is beautiful. Her husband
is a well-known and respected leader in the city. She makes clothes to sell to the shop owners. She is strong and graceful,
as well as cheerful about the future.
"Her words are sensible, and her
advice is thoughtful. She takes good care of her family and is never lazy. Her children praise her, and with great pride her
husband says, ‘There are many good women, but you are the best!' Charm can be deceiving, and beauty fades away, but
a woman who honors the LORD deserves to be praised. Show her respect--praise her in public for what she has done." (Proverbs
31:10-31) An impressive woman!
Although the text says that the Hebrew woman's
"husband is a well-known and respected leader in the city," the same was true with an Egyptian woman's husband.
But the ancient Greeks called him "henpecked"! Why would they call him that? Who was this "henpecked"
African? The answer awaits in Part 2!