James Lambert wrote: "Clearly, if we are to determine who the author of Thomas believed the
disciple Salome to be, we must return once more to #61:"
I did a Bible search for Salome and encountered these passages from 'Mark.' Of particular interest is the phrase about serving Jesus in Galilee. It does not rule out that this Salome and the Salome in 61 could be Salome, mother of John and James from Galilee. Either way I think this is the most likely reference to who Salome was in reference to 61 and it also puts the GThom reference in the earliest era of the Jesus ministry.....Galilee.
" Mark 15-40. And there were also women beholding from afar: among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
41. who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him; and many other women that came up with him unto Jerusalem."
This is another 'Mark' reference...16-1 "And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him."
Mary Magdeline is the only common name between the list of these women and those referred to in Luke 8-13, They are in different time periods but it seems Jesus was a bigger ladies' man than he is usually given credit for.
".....Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the
> wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many
> others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means."
> Luke 8:1-3
These references are from Easton's Dictionary regarding Salome.
"(1.) The wife of Zebedee and mother of James and John (Mat. 27:56), and probably the sister of Mary, the mother of our Lord (John 19:25). She sought for her sons places of honour in Christ's kingdom (Matt. 20:20, 21; comp. 19:28). She witnessed the crucifixion (Mark 15:40), and was present with the other women at the sepulchre (Matt. 27:56). "
I think the case can be made that if Mary Magdeline was with Jesus, it is logical from the references in Mark and the time frames given for the Jesus story in Mark, that Salome was with the group at the same time. This would be from the Galilean ministry on.
Further, I think that the 'meat and tatters' of 61 lies in the message about....."Therefore I say, if he is destroyed, he will be filled with light, but if he is divided, he will be filled with darkness." This is Jesus explaining the 'light' which is certainly in this case and others a direct reference to the Holy Spirit. This would certainly make Salome Jesus' disciple. (I do not think Jesus is saying to Salome that he is her disciple. The passage could be confusing that way.)
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