Q. On p. 97ff. you make much of the fact that women were able to be ‘bread-winners’ on their own in early Judaism, and that stereotypes about Jesus liberating women from the oppressive patriarchy of early Judaism go too far. Leaving stereotypes out for the moment, it does seem to be true that Jesus attracted women of all sorts to be his followers and helpers and they seem to have been more loyal to him even unto being present at the cross and afterwards. What was it then that produced such fierce loyalty? So far as I can see, Jesus was the first early Jewish teacher to have female disciples or followers who even travelled with him up to Jerusalem and elsewhere on occasion.
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