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Women Of The Bible: Lesson #21 – Elizabeth, Peter’s Mother-In-Law + The Samaritan Woman

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ELIZABETH

Scripture references: Luke 1:5–7, 36–45, 57–61

Date:  5 b.c.

Name: Elizabeth [ee-LIZ-uh-buth: “God is my oath”].

Main contribution:  She gave birth to John the Baptist, whose prophetic ministry prepared for Jesus’ appearance.

Elizabeth was the wife of a priest named Zacharias. She was selected by God to give birth to John the Baptist whom Jesus called the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. John met the conditions necessary to be identified as the prophet whose appearance preceded the establishment of God’s earthly kingdom (Mal. 4:5, 6). 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