Women Who Accompanied Jesus and His Apostles (Luke 8:1-3)

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With his twelve apostles, Jesus traveled to towns and villages in Galilee, proclaiming the glad tidings of God’s kingdom. His message revealed how individuals could become part of the realm where his Father is recognized as Sovereign. Many accompanied Jesus and his apostles, including some women whom he had cured of their ailments or liberated from demon possession. Among them were Mary, called Magdalene, Joanna the wife of Chuza, and Susanna. (Luke 8:1-3)

Jesus had expelled “seven demons” from Mary. This may not necessarily mean “seven” in a literal sense but may denote a very serious case of demon possession. Mary may have been called Magdalene because of coming from Magdala, a town on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee and about six miles southwest of Capernaum.

Joanna appears to have been a woman of considerable prominence. Her husband Chuza was in the service of Herod Antipas. He is identified as occupying the position of epítropos, (steward or manager). In extrabiblical sources, the term epítropos is even used for men who served in such high offices as governors and procurators. Nothing in the context is specific enough to determine just what Chuza’s official position entailed and whether he was still alive at the time Joanna began following Jesus.

The women seem to have had considerable means at their disposal and used their resources to assist Jesus and the apostles. They may have arranged to provide meals and other essential services. (Luke 8:3)