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female leadership in the New Testament

One of the most remarkable elevations of females and their importance to Israel's history is found in the genealogy of Jesus (Matt. 1:1-16). While lineage was traditionally traced back through each generation on the father's side, five women are highlighted: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary, mother of Jesus.

Throughout his ministry Jesus was surrounded by female followers, considered worthy of enjoying his company and hearing his teachings alongside his male disciples. Women funded Jesus' itinerant ministry (Luke 8), and women were predominantly present at his crucifixion. The women who went to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body with spices were chosen to confirm the resurrection, Christianity's most historically important event; in first-century culture, women had not been perceived as sufficiently credible to be witnesses in court, yet the Bible stakes its case on a female eyewitness account.

Also, Acts shows that women had substantial roles in ministry, and Paul praises the contributions of women such as Phoebe (Rom. 16:1).

Printed with permission from Bethany House Publishers, South Bloomington, Minnesota from the book "The Da Vinci Codebreaker : an easy-to-use fact checker for truth seekers" by James L. Garlow.

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