A Bible scholar claims that Jesus Christ relied on women to spread the word of God and heal the sick. He sent his disciples in pairs or "two by two," as mentioned in the Gospel, just like the animals in Noah's Ark with equal male to female ratio.
Helen Bond of the University of Edinburgh suggested to The Times that Jesus Christ had women who supported his missions and tasks from God by also paying for his travels. Only, their names might not have been mentioned as much as the 12 apostles, especially in modern times.
"That phrase 'two by two' reminds you of Noah's Ark and the idea that it is a male and a female," Bond said. "We are suggesting that Jesus has a much larger group of disciples and that includes women as well, pairs of males and females together," she added.
The Bible scholar also alluded to the verses found in Luke 8:1-3 indicating that Mary Magdalene, Joanna of Chuza and Susanna supported Jesus "out of their own means." Bond believes that these women also preached God's word among a female-only audience.
Bond's ideas are part of an upcoming documentary "Jesus's Female Disciples: The New Evidence," that airs in the U.K. on Sunday, April 8, via Channel 4. Other scholars will also present evidence highlighting Jesus' female disciples.
One such evidence that seemed to be erased from history over the years included the words "Saint Salome," written in the wall of an ancient chapel, Horvat Qasra, in reference to Salome, the mother of the apostles James and John. But Emperor Constantine, who converted to Christianity and led the Rome after Jesus' death, designated female followers in roles like mothers or helpers rather than saints, according to expert Diarmaid MacCulloch from Oxford University.
Scholars also believe that Mary Magdalene was regarded like Jesus' apostle, except that the Gospels downplayed her presence. It further supported the assumption that Jesus supported equal rights, which was unheard of during His time.
"He may never have critiqued patriarchy directly, but his words and actions constantly undermined its pillars," Harvard historian Karen King said.