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Jesus treated women with equality and respect. He entrusted Mary Magdalene to inform the others of his resurrection. He discussed with the clever and thoughtful Samaritan woman at the well about the living waters of faith and then empowered the Samaritan woman at the well to go to her town and be his apostle, ambassador and tell them the good news about him. This is the longest dialogue in the New Testament. He empowered her even though she was female not male, a Samaritan not a Jew, a woman who had had many husbands and lovers and was currently living common law and Jesus knew it- he still regarded her with equality and entrusted her to preach the good news about Jesus.
Jesus healed Jarius daughter from death, he healed the woman with the bleeding that had lasted years. Women were not dirty untouchable scum that holy men should ignore and dismiss. Their role was not to be limited to motherhood only but to full participation in the church. His mother Mary was not a quiet submissive woman. She told him to turn the water into wine and with his brothers and sisters tried to get Jesus to consider his safety when preaching. Read the New Testament again and these passages can not be denied. Certainly not a silent mother as the church tradition has tried to portray Mary.
Paul acknowledges, recommends, praises many women in the early Christian church and informs the groups to accept and welcome these women. He later states it is his opinion that people should try to stay unmarried, women should be silent as in Jewish temples of that time, but this is not what Jesus said and did.
Jesus told Mary Magdalene to proclaim his resurrection and the Samaritan woman of the well to spread the good news about Jesus. The suppressed Gospel of Mary expresses Peters jealousy of Mary. This is petty and cruel of Peter to deny what Jesus clearly granted. Yours in Faith--Just read the New Testament and take a look at The Gnostic Bible edited by Wallis Barnstone- amazing early religious writings Also recommend Womens Writing In the Middle Ages book