The Wizard Academy is a cool, business school in Austin, Tx founded by Roy H. Williams. (it has nothing to do with Harry Potter, wizard simply means wise) A few years ago, I attended a one-day seminar there and hope to go back for more classes.
Every Monday morning, the first thing I read is the Monday Morning Memo that Roy sends outs. The memo is a mixture of business/marketing advice or unique insights about what makes people do what they do or any subject that happens to capture Roy’s interest.
Today’s memo is about words and women and the translation of Genesis 2. Roy says that you will laugh, cry or get angry as you read this, so be prepared.
Here are Roy’s thoughts that stemmed from a recent conversation with an oxford scholar, Skip Moen.
“It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” – God, speaking to Himself in the second chapter of Genesis according to the English translators of the good King James in 1611
If you dig deeper into the history of Ezer, you’ll find that it comes from an even more ancient word, Azar, meaning “to surround.” Azar can also mean “protect, aid, succor and give material and/or nonmaterial encouragement.” Azar often refers to aid in the form of military assistance.
“Helper” and “assistant” are sounding more tragic with each passing paragraph, don’t you think?
Pennie (his wife) says that you and I often live up to the things we hear said about us. This is why she’s deeply frustrated by what she hears mothers say in front of their children.
“He’s such a picky eater.”
“She does exactly the opposite of what I say.”
“He always throws a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way.”“She doesn’t like to take naps.”
More to the point: did we make women “the weaker sex” the moment we gave them the name?