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Women in the gospels held at least three distinctive positions where men were noticeably absent.
First, they were the financial supporters of Jesus’ ministry. There was only one place in the gospels where financial support was even mentioned, Luke 8:1-3, and there were no men listed. Many men appear in other episodes, but of them held this role.
Second, women took on the task of burying Jesus. Later when the gospels were written, this was a much more important role than anyone thought before. Those who were present at the crucifixion and burial became witnesses that Jesus had indeed died. Without them, the witnesses of his resurrection were less credible. In the minds of the authors of the gospels, it was suddenly crucial to interrupt the narratives and mention their names. John was the only disciple with the women. Joseph and Nicodemus were gracious enough to lend a hand, but neither of them were necessarily reliable when it came to giving testimony about Jesus himself.
Third, the ladies had the honor of seeing Jesus first after the resurrection. They were the ones who showed up at the tomb early Sunday morning with their spices to finally take care of Jesus’ body. In their diligence, they became the first to realize a new age had begun.
Women, for the most part, remain in the background in the gospels. Paul has received a lot of grief over his apparent patriarchal attitudes toward women, but he wasn’t alone. Even Mary, Jesus’ mother, is mentioned only on occasion.
Despite the silence of the gospels, the Talmud was used in this book to draw some of them out of hiding and offer better descriptions of their lives and their roles in the narrative in general. The author also drew from personal experience to pull back the curtain and give readers a glimpse into the world where Mary Magdalene lived before she met Jesus of Nazareth.
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