Who is Doing the Work?:
Church history is full of female martyrs. There probably thousands of women who died for the charge of Christianity. Here I recored a very scant handfull. There are also many more deaconesses and women who spread the gospel in the centuries after the Apotles.This is only a small sample.
Women in Gospels
Mary the Mother Gospels Theotokas Anna Luke Prophetess Mary Magdeline Gospels witness to Resurrection/evangelist Mary Bethany John friend of Jesus Martha Bethany John friend of Jesus Susana Luke 8:1-3 helper Joana Luke 24 first witness to Resurrection/evangelist Salome Mark 16 first witness to resurrection/evangelist Sameritan woman John witness Jesus' ministry/evangelist Mrs Pilate Luke defended Jesus to Pilate Women in Early Chruch (in NT)
Phoebe Rom 16:1 minister/President chruch Cenchrea Priscilla Rom 16:3 Teacher/chruch leader Mary Rom 16:6 church worker Persis Rom 16:6 church worker Junia Rom 16:7 Apostle Tryphena Rom 16:12 church worker Tryphosa Rom 16:12 church worker Mother of Rufus Rom 16:13 Motherly figure Julia Rom 16:15 saint Sister of Nereus Rom 16:15 Christian greeted by Paul Euodia Philipians 4 co-worker of Paul Syntyche Philipians 4 co-worker of Paul Apphia Philemon 2 house chruch leader Lydia of Thyatira Acts 16:15 house chruch leader Nympha of Laodicea Colossians 4:15 house chruch leader Four Daughers Philip Acts 21:8-9 Prophetesses, teachers, historians Elect Lady(?) II John chruch leader Age of Apostolic Fathers (post NT)
name century source ministry/accomplishment Marianne("sister of Philip") 1 western canon deconess/prophetess Flavia Domatilla late 1 Western canon martyr Theckla* late 1 Eastern canon Apostle/prophetess/founder of community Ammia of Philidelphia** early 2 Eusebius Chapter XVII. via Miltiades prominant prophetess Philumene 2 canon visionary/martyr Perpetua 2 canon visionary/martyr Unnamed Prophetess Carthage early 3 Tertullian (On the Soul 9.4) prophetess/healer/ teacher unnamed Prophetess of Asia Minor Prophetess, mid 3 Cyprian (Epistle 74.10) ecstatic prophetess/healer/celibrated eucharist and baptized. 2 Unnamed Deaconesses mid 2 Pliny Letter to Trajan 10.96 Deaconesses/tortured Nina of Georgia (Cappadocia) 3/4 canon/legond slave/preacher/cured Queen Nana of Georiga, converted nation. Paula of Bethlehem 347-404 canon ealry monastic ST.Melania the Elder 343-409 canon Patroness/Pilgrim/evangleist/friend of Augustine Clotilde 474- 545 39 converted Franks through husband Clovis Meliana younger 383-439 canon founder of commuities/Patron/early monastic St. Catherine of Alexandria 305 canon visionary/evengelist to Philosophers/martyr Amprucla 4th St John Chrysostom Epistle ciii deaconess/social reformer Pentadia 4th Chrysostom epistle civ social reformer/deaconess Olypia 4th Chrysostom 17 letters to her head deaconess Constantinople/social reformer/liberator Unnamed Deaconessess Alexandria 4th Theadoret (lauding them for their zeal and devotion deaconesses Celeria 4th Theadoret deaconess Macrina (sister of St. Basil) Gregory of Nissay Life of Macrina 5 deacnoness/founder of community at Annesi in Pontus Unnamed female preists of Itally 5 Gelasius, Epistle 14.26 priests
*Theckla is a saint in the Eastern chruch, she was attested by several chruch fathers, who called her "equal to the Apostles," she was also said to have "enlightened many," euphimism for batpism.
**She was very pomenant in her day, and is held up as a standard againt the montanists.