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Judaismo y Mujer, Women in Judaism

Yeshua and Women

 Yeshua and Women

Did you notice how Yeshua (Jesus) treated women through all his life and mostly His ministry?   The most striking thing about the role of women in the life and while Yeshua was teaching   is the simple fact that they are there. Although the gospel texts contain no special sayings repudiating the view of the day about women, their uniform testimony to the presence of women among the followers of Yeshua and to his serious teaching of them constitutes a break with “tradition” or customs which has been described as being ‘without precedent in his  contemporary Judaism.

In Yeshua’s Movement and His teachings we see women participating as equals without theatening G-d’s given- authority or divine orden assigned  to men.  Read here   if you are not enlighted enough.   Now mentioning the apostle  Paul (Shaul)  have you ever heard of  Theoklia?  .  Paul and Theoklia work together in the believer’s home based groups Jewish believers ministry.  We also recomend the book ” In seach of Paul by John Dominic and Jonathan L. Reed.

Yeshua treated women with dignity and respect and he elevated them in a world where they were often mistreated. Yeshua did not perceive women “primarily in terms of their sex, age or marital status; he seems to have considered them in terms of their relation (or lack of one) to God.

Yeshua’ s honor and respect was…extended to all women—an attitude largely unexpected and unknown in his culture and time. Yeshua, unlike the men of his generation and culture, taught that women were equal to men in the sight of God. Women could receive God’s forgiveness and grace. Women, as well as men, could be among Messiah’s personal followers. Women could be full participants in the kingdom of God…. These were revolutionary ideas. Many of his contemporaries, including his disciples, were shocked.

Elizabeth (Luke 1:6). Mary (John 2:1-11).;  Anna (Luke 2:38); Mary and Martha:

Certain branches of  Jewish religion  and specifically rabbis in Temple Times ( and today Rabbinical/Talmudic Judaism)  said that women should not be taught the Torah, so Mary was shirking a typically female role in order to do something that was normally restricted to males. But Yeshua did not “put her in her place.” Rather, he said that she had chosen the right place at the time. “Only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (v. 42). Spiritual growth is more important than domestic duties.

Yeshua was saying we should get our priorities straight. Women were called to be disciples of  Yeshua, just as men were, and women were expected to fulfill their spiritual responsibilities, just as men were.”

Samaritan woman at the well:

The conversation with the woman at the well is the longest recorded discussion Yeshua had with anyone—and she, a Gentile woman!. “Further, the lesson Yeshua gave her about living water was just as profound as the lesson he gave Nicodemus—and the woman had a better response. Unlike Nicodemus, she was willing to be associated with Yeshua. She told her neighbors about Yehsua, and many of them believed in Yeshua “because of the woman’s testimony” (John 4:28-29, 39).

This implies something positive about the reputation of the woman in the community: “It is unlikely that the men of a town would believe a prostitute’s word about the Messiah or anybody, and go openly with her to see him. Perhaps this woman has not been given due credit for her true social position in Samaria. The narrative seems to indicate that she was a knowledgeable, informed woman. Her discourse with Messiah reveals an intelligent familiarity with the foremost theological issues of the day.

 A daughter of Abraham (Luke 13:10-13). Yeshua publicly showed his concern and high regard for this woman, someone whom others had probably seen for years as she struggled in her affliction to come to the synagogue to worship God.

Joanna and Susanna
Luke tells us that several women who had been healed helped support Yeshua “out of their own means” (Luke 8:3). These included “Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others.”] Although they were probably involved in meal preparation, Luke indicates that their most significant role was to pay the bills.

Women were free to follow him and to take part in his ministry to the world.  “They are the only supporters mentioned. Also, they did not merely write a check to cover the expenses but accompanied Yeshua and the Twelve as they traveled from place to place…. Yeshua welcomed women among his traveling coterie, allowing them to make the same radical commitment in following him that the Twelve did…. That married women would be traveling with Jesus’ group is striking indeed.””Yeshua expected men and women to mix freely. The solution to lust was not to segregate women, but for men to control themselves.

Matt. 27:55-56 also mentions that “many women…had followed Yeshua from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons” (Mark 15:41 reports that her name was Salome). Luke 23:27 reports that many women from Jerusalem followed him after his arrest, and he turned to them and taught them, saying that even worse times would come for Jerusalem.

A woman with bleeding (Mark 5:22-29);  Mary Magdalene:
She is almost always mentioned first in a list of the female disciples of Yeshua. She may have been one of the leaders of that group of women who followed Yeshua from the outset of his ministry in Galilee to his death and afterward. The risen Jesus appeared to her first. It’s ironic that in a time when women could not be legal witnesses, Jesus Christ chose women as the first witnesses of his resurrection.

Luke tells us that Mary of Magdala had seven demons cast out of her (Luke 8:2), but Mary should be better known as the first to see the empty tomb, the first to carry the good news to the disciples.

Even though the testimony of women was not received by traditional courts…Risen Yeshua appeared to women first, showing again their significance and value as human beings.

Why were the women chosen as witnesses of the resurrection? Was God bestowing a special honor on these women? Was God trying to indicate larger roles for women in His aunthentic and biblical community of believers? I believe both were intended. All four Gospel writers shows him bestow a great honor on the women who lovingly and with servant hearts came early to the tomb to anoint Yeshua’ body, thus paying their last respects…. These women led the way in proclaiming the gospel…. The duty and high privilege of witnessing for Messiah is still open to every believer, without doubt.

Before Adam and Eve sinned, they lived in a perfect environment and may have lived there forever, being fruitful and multiplying to their heart’s content. Instead, the Bible teaches that they chose to allow sin to destroy their family and all the families that would be born thereafter.

About Anni Orekh

Anni Orekh (which translated from Hebrew means: I m an editor (Publisher) it is the online pen-name of author and Managing Director of MD Enterprises.

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