The New Testament offers one version of Jesus' life and times. It is a view that has been supported by the church for over 2,000 years. Modern feminist scholars say the church and its patriarchal traditions have all but erased the contributions of women who also followed Jesus. Gnostic-influenced communities in the earliest centuries of the church had a more egalitarian social structure than the more patriarchal Christian communities. The Gnostic Gospels offer another approach to Jesus, his women followers, and the early groups that believed in him.