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Unformatted text preview: reason Luke includes this story is because the early church specifically rejected female prophetesses similar to those in non-Christian religions. They believed that they did not have the same rights as men since Jesus chose only male leadersthe 12 Apostlesand sent them out to preach in his name. Some examples of women having prominent roles are that women are mentioned as first witnesses of the Resurrection. This clearly shows their importance in the early Christian movement. Also Jesus is often pictured healing women, as using women as illustrations in some of his parables. Some examples are God is like a mother hen care for her chicks, and God is like a woman cleaning till she finds a lost coin....
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- Spring '09