BETHSAIDA, JANUARY 18, AD 29
Officials here today expressed surprise and alarm at the latest move by Jesus. After publicly declaring that women and men are equal in God’s eyes, the upstart teacher from Nazareth has formed a corps of ten women evangelists. The women had served in the tent city and listened to the instructions given to the evangelists. They were summoned to service by Jesus through the messenger network of David Zebedee. They are authorized to teach and evangelize as the male apostles do. A priest here has called the action “shocking.” He insisted that women are spiritually inferior to men. “They are not even permitted on the main floor of the synagogue,” he said.
Included in the Women’s Corps list released today:
SUSANNA, who was elected leader of the corps. She is the daughter of a former Chazan of the Nazareth synagogue.
JOANNA, elected treasurer. She is the wife of Chuza, the steward of Herod Antipas.
ELIZABETH, whose wealthy father is well known in Tiberias and Sepphoris.
MARTHA, who is the elder sister of Peter and Andrew, two of Jesus’ apostles.
RACHEL, the sister-in-law of Jude, a brother of Jesus.
NASANTA, the daughter of Elman, a physician from Syria.
MILCHA, a cousin of Thomas, one of Jesus’ apostles.
RUTH, the eldest daughter of the Apostle Matthew Levi.
CELTA, whose father is a Roman Centurion.
AGAMAN, who is a widow from Damascus.
Susanna stated that the women would have full access to the Master, as do the male apostles. The women will fund themselves and be an autonomous group.
Susanna cited scriptural references to famous women, such as Miriam, Deborah, Ruth, Esther and several others.
Even the apostles were stunned that Jesus would dare to commission women as equal leaders who would teach the gospel of the kingdom and minister to the sick.
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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