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Pain in Childbirth?
The common notion of a special “curse upon the woman” involving childbirth is based on one single verse in the Bible, where God says to Eve:
The Miracle of Childbirth
The first question that arises is why is there any type of Tumah (contamination) at all in one of the most miraculous and beautiful events in Life-Childbirth? The second question is why the Tumah period for a male child is a total of 40 days and the Tumah period for a female child is twice as long at 80 days? The third question is why a Chatat (sin-offering) must be brought at all by the mother?
Two Interpretations: Saved in Childbearing
“Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing.” (1 Timothy 2:15)
child ́bâr-ing: Only in 1 Timothy 2:15: “She shall be saved through her (m “the”) child-bearing” (διὰ τῆς τεκνογονίας, diá tḗs teknogonías). The reference is to the calling of woman as wife and mother, as her ordinary lot in life, and to the anxieties, pains and perils of maternity, as the culmination and representation of the penalties woman has incurred because of the Fall (Genesis 3:16). “She shall be saved by keeping faithfully and simply to her allotted sphere as wife and mother” (Dummelow). The preposition dia is not used here instrumentally, as though child-bearing were a means of her salvation, but locally, as in 1 Corinthians 3:15, “saved so as through fire,” where life is saved by rushing through the flames.
Womb, (usually בֶּטֶן,γαστήρ, both meaning belly, as often rendered; but the distinctive term is רִחִם). The fruit of the womb is children (Genesis 30:2), and the Psalmist describes them as the blessing of marriage (Psalms 127:3-5). SEE CHILD.
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