Jesus found a receptive audience in women. Ancient Hebrews lived by laws and customs that restricted women's lives. The fathers and husbands of women wielded authority over them. They were forbidden to talk with strangers, were married-off early, weren't educated, and couldn't give legal testimony. They couldn't participate equally with men in religious discourse or worship in a synagogue. They had to be doubly veiled before entering public. Jesus, however, showed an egalitarian treatment of women.

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