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Mary the Mother of James the little and Joses

Mary the mother of James the little and Joses/Joseph is most fully named in Mark 15:40, although she is also mentioned in Mark 15:47, 16:1, Matthew 27:56 and Luke 24:10. Contrary to some traditional beliefs, Mary of Clopas and Mary the Mother of James and Joses are not the same person. And she is not the same person as Mary the mother of Jesus. We do not know who James the little and Joses/Joseph were, but they were most likely disciples of Jesus themselves. We do however have extensive know

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Susanna: Group Study Guide

Women and the Old Testament: Jesus’ Heart for Women Who’ve Suffered Abuse Week 6: Monday March 29nd - Saturday April 3rd > Important note for the group leader: If you decide to use this guide as a jumping off point for group discussion, it may be a good idea to first ask the participants to commit to a confidentiality agreement that makes sense for your group. It may also benefit the group to set up some ground rules about listening, respect and affirmation of experiences and feelings. This c

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Bathsheba: Study Guide

Women and the Old Testament: Jesus’ Heart for Women Who’ve Suffered Abuse Week 5: Monday March 22nd- Sunday March 28th > Important note for the group leader: If you decide to use this guide as a jumping off point for group discussion, it may be a good idea to first ask the participants to commit to a confidentiality agreement that makes sense for your group. It may also benefit the group to set up some ground rules about listening, respect and affirmation of experiences and feelings. This con

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The Levite's Concubine

Take My Story to Heart: Thoughts from the Levite's Concubine in Judges 19 > By Kimberly Dickson No one has asked me my point of view, and I have not had the words to speak of it anyway.  I left Bethlehem an innocent girl, excited to be grown up enough to be “married,” and go on an adventure to a place I had never been.  I had believed the charming words of the man I accompanied.  Now I returned to my parents’ house wise to the world, so hurt but also burning with rage and repulsion.  I was al

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Jezebel: Maligned Queen Study Guide

Women and the Old Testament: Jesus’ heart for those who’ve suffered abuse Week 1: Mon. Feb. 22nd- Sun. Feb. 28th > Important note for the group leader: If you decide to use this guide as a jumping off point for group discussion, it may be a good idea to first ask the participants to commit to a confidentiality agreement that makes sense for your group. It may also benefit the group to set up some ground rules about listening, respect and affirmation of experiences and feelings. This content c

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Tamar: 2 Samuel 13: Study Guide

Group Study Guide Women and the Old Testament: Jesus’ Heart for Women Who’ve Suffered Abuse Week 1: Monday March 1st- Sunday March 7th > Important note for the group leader: If you decide to use this guide as a jumping off point for group discussion, it may be a good idea to first ask the participants to commit to a confidentiality agreement that makes sense for your group. It may also benefit the group to set up some ground rules about listening, respect and affirmation of experiences and f

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Hagar the Egyptian: Study Guide

Women and the Old Testament: Jesus’ heart for those who’ve suffered abuse Week 1: Mon. Feb. 22nd- Sun. Feb. 28th > Important note for the group leader: If you decide to use this guide as a jumping off point for group discussion, it may be a good idea to first ask the participants to commit to a confidentiality agreement that makes sense for your group. It may also benefit the group to set up some ground rules about listening, respect and affirmation of experiences and feelings. This content c

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Arsinoe: A Hidden Disciple

Download the iPhone Daily Bible Study App [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/know-your-mothers/id1541510036] to read more about female disciples like Arsinoe and other unknown disciples of Jesus. This week we discussed the historical importance of extra-canonical gospels and how they shed light on the activity of women in the early church. Arsinoe Who? To say Arsinoe is a hidden disciple is a bit misleading. She isn't hidden, just ignored. Arsinoe shows up in five extra-canonical gospels. She j

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Susanna: Disciple of Jesus

By studying disciples like Susanna, Joanna, Salome and more, we discover more about  what it must have been like to participate in this movement with Jesus in a culture that rejected God's ideas of liberating women. 📲 Download the free iPhone app [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/know-your-mothers/id1541510036] learn more about female discipleship and Jesus. Susanna, Disciple and Supporter of Jesus Susanna was a disciple of Jesus that followed him from Galilee, witnessing his ministry and le

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All Named Women who were Disciples of Jesus in the Gospels

(canonical and extra-canonical) I’m a sucker for infographics. So I threw together this visual for us to see the number of women who actually are mentioned in early church sources that walked alongside Jesus and learned from him. Have you ever heard of Arsinoe? Or Salome? or Susanna? or Joanna? or Mary of Clopas for that matter? As you can see from this chart, several women are only mentioned in one Gospel. Salome is only mentioned in Mark. Mary of Clopas is only mentioned in John. And Joanna

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Salome: Disciple of Jesus

> Some women were watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James (the younger one) and Joses, and Salome. When Jesus was in Galilee, these women had followed and supported him, along with many other women who had come to Jerusalem with him. Since it was late in the afternoon on Preparation Day, just before the Sabbath, Joseph from Arimathea dared to approach Pilate and ask for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a prominent council member who also eagerly anticipated the c

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Mary of Clopas

> Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home. After this, knowing that everything was already completed, in order to fulfill the scripture, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was near

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