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Salome was one of a group of Galilean women who helped in the ministry of Jesus Christ[1]. Along with Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses and James, she was present at the crucifixion[2] and at the empty tomb[3].

Traditionally, she has been considered to be the wife of Zebedee and mother of the former fishermen, Apostles James and John. During the ministry of Jesus, she boldly asked Him to give her two sons seats adjacent to His ruling seat in Heaven[4].

Etymology

The name Salome is a transliteration from the Koine Greek name Σαλώμη (Salōmē) meaning 'peaceful, prosperous one'.

Biography

Salome is only mentioned by name in the Gospel of Mark.[5] Mark tells us that she had followed Jesus Christ and cared for his needs along with other women in Galilee. Salome was present at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, watching from a distance, along with Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Joses and James and other women who had come up from Jerusalem.[6] It is notable, that even once the male disciples had deserted Jesus,[7] Salome and the other female disciples stayed by his side.

Salome witnessed Jesus Christ's empty tomb along with Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses and James. Mark tells us that these three women went to the tomb early on Sunday morning following Jesus Christ's death and burial. Their plan was to anoint the body with spices.[8] However, they discovered the stone rolled away and an empty tomb.[9] Instead of Jesus Christ's body, they found a young man dressed in a white robe.[10] He comforted them and told them of Jesus Christ's resurrection. He told them to tell Peter and the other disciples of the resurrection and to meet Jesus Christ in Galilee.[11] However, the women ran away in fear and trembling.[12] This reaction to the news of Jesus Christ's resurrection serves as a challenge to Christians today to instead react by proclaiming the Good News themselves.

References

  1. Mark 15:41 (Link)
  2. Mark 15:40-41 (Link)
  3. Mark 16:1-8 (Link)
  4. Matt. 20:20-21 (Link)
  5. Mark 15:40; 16:1 (Link)
  6. Mark 15:40-41 (Link)
  7. Predicted by Jesus in Mark 14:27-30, the prophecy is fulfilled in Mark 14:50, 66-72. (Link)
  8. Mark 16:1-2 (Link)
  9. Mark 16:4 (Link)
  10. Mark 16:5 (Link)
  11. Mark 16:6-7 (Link)
  12. Mark 16:8 (Link)
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