To my surprise and pleasure, I've discovered that Susan T Foh's article, What is the Woman's Desire? is available online as a pdf file. I read Foh's article some years ago and discovered that she'd come to the same conclusions regarding Genesis 3:16 as I had, that it needs to be read in the light of Genesis 4:7. In Hebrew, the two are closely parallel (if you don't do Hebrew, you'll struggle with Foh's article):
וְאֶל־אִישֵׁךְ תְּשׁוּקָתֵךְ וְהוּא יִמְשָׁל־בָּךְ
וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹHere are Foh's conclusions:
In short, the battle of the sexes is real, follows the Fall and is a result of judgement.
Contrary to the usual interpretations of commentators, the desire of the woman in Genesis 3:16b does not make the wife (more) submissive to her husband so that he may rule over her. Her desire is to contend with him for leadership in their relationship. This desire is a result of and a just punishment for sin, but it is not God's decretive will for the woman. Consequently, the man must actively seek to rule his wife.
The reasons for preferring this interpretation are:
It is consistent with the context, i.e., it is judgment for sin that the relation between man and woman is made difficult. God's words in Genesis 3:16b destroy the harmony of marriage, for the rule of the husband, part of God's original intent for marriage, is not made more tolerable by the wife's desire for her husband, but less tolerable, because she rebels against his leadership and tries to usurp it.
It permits a consistent understanding of hqvwt in the Old Testament also consistent with its etymology.
It recognizes the parallel between Genesis 3:16b and 4:7b. The interpretation of 4:7b is clearer; we know from the context that sin's desire to Cain involves mastery or enslavement and that Cain did not win the battle to rule sin.
It explains the fact that husbands do not rule their wives as a result of God's proclamation in Genesis 3:16b. (Further support is implied by the New Testament commands for wives to be submissive to their husbands and the requirements for elders to rule their families.) jb-lwmy xvhv is not an indicative statement, for if God states that something will come to pass, it will.
(I've now posted further on this, following Rachel's comment below.)
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