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Women Of The Bible: Lesson #24 – Jarius Wife and Daughter, The Syro-Phoenician, Mary and Martha, The Widow and her mite

Lesson  24:    Jarius Wife and Daughter, The Syro-Phoenician, Mary and Martha, The Widow and her mite


Scripture references:  Matthew 9:18, 23–25;  Mark 5:22-23, 35–42  Luke 8:41-42, 49–55  Bible Search Tool

We know little about Jairus’s wife and her daughter. We know that the two women, one an adult and one a child, were members of a privileged class. Jairus’s position as an important official in the synagogue indicates that the family possessed both wealth and a good reputation. Yet none of this protected them from tragedy. The daughter fell deathly ill and died. All the mother could do was to look on, helpless and heartbroken.

Then Jesus came, in response to Jairus’s desperate request. Jesus brought the twelve-year-old back to life. In so doing, Jesus healed the mother’s broken heart. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #19 The Rabbinic View Of Women In the NT

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The “Rabbinic” View of Women in the New Testament Era, and the Contrast with Jesus’ Interactions with them

The rabbis of Jesus’ day had little use for women. Their attitude, reflected in the sayings and rulings of the sages recorded during the two centuries after Christ, seem especially strange today. Take for example the dictum of Yose b. Yohanan of Jerusalem, “Talk not much with womankind” (mAbot 1.5). Rabbinic writings contain many comments on this pronouncement. The Mishna (IV, 493) notes, “They said this of a man’s own wife; how much more of his fellow’s wife,” while the Talmud says, “It was taught: Do not speak excessively with a woman lest this ultimately lead you to adultery” (bNed.201). Continue Reading Here