Peter's Mother-in-Law

one of the earliest miracles recorded in the New Testament involved Simon Peter's mother-in-law, who had taken ill with a fever. She was in bed when Jesus arrived with Simon Peter for a visit to the latter's home in Capernaum. The synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record the miracle healing of Peter's mother-in-law. In Matthew 8:14, the text states that when Jesus entered the house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying sick with fever. Mark and Luke state that Jesus left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew with two other disciples (James and John), and they told Jesus that Simon Peter's mother-in-law was sick with fever. Matthew states that Jesus took her hand, and the fever left her and she rose and served him (Matthew 8:15).

What are the synoptic Gospels?

The New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are similar in content. Scholars say that this suggests that the writers of those accounts relied on the same source material. Side by side, some passages of the synoptic gospels appear to be nearly identical, while the Gospel of John is quite different in structure, content, and style.

The account in Mark 1:31 states that Jesus took her hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her and she served them. Luke 4:39 says, “And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.” The point is made (almost verbatim) in all three accounts that the woman was quite ill, consumed with a debilitating fever; in the presence of Jesus, and by his touch, she was healed. In fact, she felt so well that she was then able to serve the men (perhaps cook for them).

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