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The Roles of Men and Women in Jesus' Time

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Transcript of The Roles of Men and Women in Jesus' Time

Men Vs. Women
In Conclusion
The fact that women did not have a lot of power was probably the reason that Jesus was a man. People probably wouldn't have listened to Jesus if he were a woman. It would be near impossible to spread the word of God if you were a woman.
Women in Jesus' time
Women had little to no authority in Jesus' time. There were only a few important women in the Bible. They weren't treated as equals during this time.
Men in Jesus' Time
Men held all the power and authority. Most of the important people in the bible were men. Jesus and all of the twelve apostles were men.
Women: Can't
Women couldn't testify at a trial. They couln't go out in public by them self and they couldn't talk to strangers. If they did go out in public, they had to cover their head with veils. Women were not allowed to go to school (The Status of Women in the Gospels).
Important Women
There were only a few important women in Jesus' time. The Virgin Mary was probably the most important. She gave birth to Jesus. Mary Magdelene was a disciple of Jesus and a close friend. Another close friend was Martha.
Important Men
Jesus was a man. All of the twelve apostles (Simon, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Jude, Simon, and Judas) were men. Even God is seen as a man sometimes.
Men: Can't
A man couldn't talk to a woman who wasn't their wife or daughter.
References
"The Status of Women in the Gospels." The Status of Women in the Gospels. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.
"Jesus and Women." Grace Communion International. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.
Women: Can
Women could stay home and take care of the house. That's basically it.
Men: Can
Men could do basically everything that women couldn't. They had complete control over their wife and their daughter until she got married.
How Jesus Treated Women
Jesus treated women a lot better than men did during that time. He treated them as equals. He broke some laws and talked to them and helped them. (Jesus and Women).
Men and Women
During Jesus' time, men and women were treated and seen differently. This could have affected Jesus and who he was in the world.
Why?
Why were women treated like second class citizens during Jesus' time and up until modern times? Was it because God created man first? Is it because Jesus and God are seen as male? These questions may not ever be answered.
References cont.
"The Role of Women." A Harmony of the Life of Jesus. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.
"Jesus, Friend of Women." Jesus, Friend of Women. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.
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