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The Seven Women Disciples: In The Two Versions Of The First Apocalypse Of James

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While both versions of the First Apocalypse of James refer to the seven women as disciples of Jesus, the texts do not fully agree in their descriptions of the women. This chapter discusses similarities and differences with regard to the role and function of the women in the two versions of the First Apocalypse of James. It is done under the following headings: 1) the relationship of the seven women disciples to the seven female spirits with whom Jesus identifies them; 2) the make-up of the group of seven women disciples; 3) the attitude of James to the seven women. It then makes some observations concerning the literary relationship of the two versions of the First Apocalypse of James. The chapter asks what function the description of the seven women disciples in the First Apocalypse of James was intended to serve in the textual strategy of the document.

Keywords: female spirits; First Apocalypse of James; James; Jesus; Women disciples

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