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Mary and Martha
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Mary and Martha were unmarried sisters; according to Luke, they lived in a village in Galilee, while John locates them in Bethany, near Jerusalem. They are mentioned only in Luke 10:38–42 and John 11:1–44; 12:1–8 (with their brother Lazarus). They are presented as sedentary disciples of Jesus (see Jesus' love for them in John 11:3, 5; cf. 13:1: “his own”), who supported the Jesus movement spiritually and materially (cf. Mark 11:1–12, 19 parr.; Disciples and discipleship, Love, Hospitality, House/Household). Their unusual family circumstances might be eviden…

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Kitzberger, Ingrid Rosa, “Mary and Martha”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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