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The Women Around Jesus Paperback – August 1, 1982
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I did develop a better appreciation of Martha of Bethany (strong-willed, tough, practical), but I think she missed the boat on Mary of Bethany (whom most scholars now associate with Mary Magdalene). She brings up the confusing number of Marys in the New Testament, but never really resolves the issue (actually, she makes it worse, later adding in a lot of "unnamed" women). And this was after she's already told us that the brother and two sisters, Lazarus, Martha, and Mary each had their own homestead, or "castle": Martha had Bethany, Lazarus had a section in Jerusalem (prob. where the Last Supper was held), and Mary's was in Magdala on Lake Gennesaret (ergo, Mary of Magdala, though she often visited and/or lived with her sister in Bethany). And she never does a credible job of discussing the Gospels' "synopticity" or lack thereof. Finally, there's no index, so if you want to go back and check something you have to leaf through a whole chapter or more.
Sorry, I can't recommend it unless your main interest is in a feminist approach to the N.T. and you're willing to forego the scholarship of a serious study of the world of the 1st Century A.D. in general and the Gospels and Apocrypha in particular.