Monday, August 1, 2011

Blended Gospels: Women Support Jesus

Soon afterward Jesus went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities:
1) Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
2) and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager,
3) and Susanna,
4) and many others,
who provided for them out of their means.

[Blended Gospels, Luke 8:1-3, ESV]

Just some observations that will help to clarify truth from tradition:

1) Luke is the only one to note, in his gospel, that certain women supported Jesus' movement out of their own means. This is one of many specific references about the importance of women to the Lord, in Luke's account.

2) In particular, Joanna, being the wife of Herod Antipas's manager, was probably affluent andm for that matter, influential as well. Note that the Lord Jesus had an inside source to Herod's affairs.

3) Luke included both Mary Magdalene and Joanna among the women who discovered the empty tomb in Luke 24:10.

4) Notice that Luke did not identify Mary Magdalene with the sinful woman described in the previous story.

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