if you want to experience what he meant
saying- 79; specially women invited.
(latest update: 24-11-2018)
A woman from the crowd said to him,
Blessed are the womb which bore you
and the breasts which nourished you.
He said to her,
Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept it.
For there will be days when you will say,
blessed are the womb which has not conceived
and the breasts which have not given milk.
"A woman's greatest achievement was to give birth to a famous son" (Meyers, 2009).
But instead of demonstrating the importance of his own person by affirming the woman’s
exclamation, Jesus immediately contradicts her. His teachings constitute the central issue,
not his person.
The final sentence of the saying contradicts the notion that women with children are to be
considered as especially blessed by God, and therefore, more righteous. Jesus reverts this
idea. Furthermore, women who chose to be without the vexing obligation towards husband
and children, could devote themselves to seeking the kingdom by entering the itinerant life.
If family life would prevent especially women from seeking the kingdom, they better declined
entering marriage; a statement undoubtedly head-on against the grain of what was considered a
God-given gift to women: marriage and bearing children, if not a Divine command to go
and multiply. The saying, by the way, was no appeal to married women to leave their family!
Neither can I see it as a call to “the ascetic renunciation of sexual reproduction”(Jacobson, 2000).
It was impossible for women to live the impure life as a wandering charismatic , unless family
life was declined completely. However, the hardship of a “kingdom life” as a solitary was more
to be blessed than being a mother with children in a family.
Corley (1996) argues that the presence of women in the Jesus’ movement was likely historical.
Women were considered as kind of “second-hand” citizens, with restricted rights and totally
subjected to their father or husband, and various piety regulations to do with child birth and
menstruation. In the Jesus group they were considered as equal to men – obviously, Jesus did
not respect traditional, Law-regulated relations between men and women. Here also his kingdom
movement differed sharply from traditional Jewish religious rule.
The word of the father should here be taken as a reference to what sounded familiar in
the woman's ear, as in the teachings Jesus proclaimed, use of the term 'the Father'
was conspicuously sparse, and when used, Jesus used it as a 'mind-catcher'
rather than in its usual meaning.
To treat Jesus' mother as having any special status, let alone divine status, cannot be
derived from Thomas. However, no devaluation of Jesus' mother can be seen in this
saying (Plisch, 2008) either, neither of women in general.
Luke 11:27; Luke 23:29.