The Bible talks, rather passively about the involvement of women in religion. They are only mentioned adjectivally resonating maybe the problems Jesus healed them from or from where they came from. For instance Mary of Magadalene, Jairus’ daughter etcetera. During that time in age women and men hardly intermingled due to stringent socio-cultural reasons. As such, Jesus moved freely and interacted with the male disciples but interacted with female disciples in rather binilically undefined mechanisms. This paper will discuss the differences between such interactions.
Early Christianity and the early church started with Jesus christ. As he began his works he chose people, mostly fishermen, to help him preach the gospel. He sought for them one after the other until he had twelve disciples. For female apostles however, he imet them through proxy. Jesus exocised demons that had possessed Mary Magadalene. Joanna was also healed of evil spirits. These two played an invaluable role in the spreading of the gospel, directly and indirectly.
After the resurrection of Jesus, the twelve apostles preached redemption through Christ. Mary Magadalene’preaching on the other hand espoused inner spiritualism. These moved away from the idea of salvation through the death of Jesus christ but understanding of self as the means to higher spiritualism. These sentiments elicit sharp reactions and criticism from Peter. Who fails to understand how such intimate Visions are shared with a woman and not them. Jesus, it is revealed, shared the information with Mary Magadalene through a vision and deliberately chose not to share the same with the disciples.
Women apostles role in sharing the gospel is wholly assistory. After heceiving her healing Joanna dedicated her resources towards ensuring the movements of Jesus and the other apostles. The bible notes that she was the wife of Herod Antipas who was a judaean Roman ruler. However due to the then gender separation rules, women often kept to the periphery but fully supported the preaching of the gospel.
Jesus understood his disciples fully. He knew that their faith was shaky and that as stand alone apostles they would falter. He therefore brought them a helper, the Holy Spirit, to guide them through preaching of the gospel. On the other hand female apostles upon receiving the calling exuded more faith compared to their male counterparts. As such, when Jesus ascended to heaven the apostles understanding of the teachings got emasculated in fear and therefore could not articulate the teachings with the required authority. Furthermore they were afraid that they would meet a fate similar to that of Jesus as they preached. Magadalene’s intervention however calms them down when she shared with them the vision of knowledge and spiritualism.
From the above, it can be postulated that Jesus had more confidence in the female apostles compared to the male apostles. It is also vivid that women were the facilitative force behind the spread of the gospel. Male apostles on the other hand had limited faith and probably clung onto Jesus because of reasons not biblically proven. Though they witnessed to his teachings and miracles, their faith could not be cemented in the teachings. Female apostles only witnessed through the miracles they received and became ardent followers of the teachings. A
Due to the near passive but close relations Jesus had with female apostles, he shared very sensitive spiritual cues with them. During that period in time the religious and local administrations were highly intolerant of displays of religiosity by the commoners. As such, they made deliberate moves to impede the dissemination of the gospel, especially that resonating contentious spiritual content as that of Mary Magadalene. Male apostles on the other hand were persucuted and or executed in their preaching endeavors.