Women as disciples

Did Jesus have female disciples?

Answer: 

By etymology the word "disciple" (in Greek as well as in English) means "student." In the New Testament its connotations aren't quite so academic as our word "student," and so maybe "follower" would be a better translation. Jesus certainly had (and has!) many women among his "disciples" (Matthew 28:19, Acts 6:1, Acts 11:26, etc.).

On the other hand, the word sometimes has the more restricted sense of "The Twelve" in the New Testament (Matthew 10:1 etc.). There was no woman among these.


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