We are having a conversation on the roles of men and women in marriage on the salon forum. Here’s a taste.
(18) Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper (ezer kenegdo) who is just right for him.”…(23)“At last!” the man exclaimed.
“This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
because she was taken from ‘man.’”
This past year I had the privilege of studying under Professor Bernd Wannenwetsch from Oxford. Here’s some insights I gleaned.
-Ezer is a masculine word which carries the idea of “help” rather than “helper,” “to help him up.”
Man should not be left on his own, alone (alone indicates direction). Man left on his own would be focused on himself, hopelessly planted in himself.
Woman was created to “help” man look away from self and to open him to the world.
Kenegdo or vis-a-vis gives the specific way in which she helps….(join us on the salon forum)