Salome (Zebedee's wife)

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Salome (Hebrew: שלומית) was a wife of Zebedee and the mother of the Apostles James and John.

Biography[edit]

Request[edit]

Zebedee, James, and John were on a boat, mending nets, and Jesus asked James and John to follow Him. James and John left the baot and their father, followed Jesus ,and became His disciples.

Salome went to see Jesus with her sons. She kneeled, and when Jesus asked her what she wished, Salome and her sons asked Jesus to place the sons on His right and left sides. Jesus asked them if they were sure in what they were asking. He asked them if they were able to drink from His cup or be baptized with His baptism, and they said that they were. Jesus told them that they would drink from His cup and would be baptized with His baptism, but He also told them that the positions on His right and left sides were reserved for those prepared by His Father.

Then [Salome] the mother of Zebedee’s children [James and John] came up to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down [in respect], asked a favor of Him. And He said to her, What do you wish? She answered Him, Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit [in positions of honor and authority] one on Your right and one on Your left. But Jesus replied, You do not realize what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink? They answered, We are able. He said to them, You will drink My cup [of suffering]; but to sit on My right and on My left this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.

— Matthew 20:20–20:23 (AMP)

James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You. And He replied to them, What do you want Me to do for you? They said to Him, Grant that we may sit [with You], one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory [Your majesty and splendor in Your kingdom]. But Jesus said to them, You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism [of suffering and death] with which I am baptized? And they replied to Him, We are able. Jesus told them, The cup that I drink you will drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized. But to sit on My right or left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared [by My Father].

— Mark 10:35–10:40 (AMP)

The ten other Apostles were displeased with the request by James and John, but Jesus told them that those who want be be great among them will be their servant, that He was there to not to be served, but to serve, and that he was going to die to save many.

And when the [other] ten heard this, they were resentful and angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles have absolute power and lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them [tyrannizing them]. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your [willing and humble] slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [paying the price to set them free from the penalty of sin].

— Matthew 20:24–20:28 (AMP)

Hearing this, the [other] ten became indignant with James and John. Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their powerful men exercise authority over them [tyrannizing them]. But this is not how it is among you; instead, whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first and most important among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.

— Mark 10:41–10:45 (AMP)

Jesus' crucifixion[edit]

Salome was one of the women who accompanied Jesus from Galilee and who witnessed Jesus' crucifixion and death from a distance.

Jesus' mother Mary, her sister [possibly Salome], Clopas' wife Mary, and Mary Magdalene stood by Jesus during His crucifixion. Jesus greeted His mother Mary and His disciple [possibly John] and reminded His disciple [John] of his [John's] mother [Salome]. The disciple [John] then brought his mother [Salome] home.

But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister [Salome], Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. So Jesus, seeing His mother, and the disciple whom He loved (esteemed) standing near, said to His mother, [Dear] woman, look, [here is] your son! Then He said to the disciple (John), Look! [here is] your mother [protect and provide for her]! From that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

— John 19:25–19:27 (AMP)

Jesus then said that He was thirsty, and sour wine was given to Him. Jesus announced the end (It is finished! (John 19:30 (AMP))), bowed His head, and died.

Jesus' resurrection[edit]

After the Sabbath, Salome, Mary Magdalene, and Mary (mother of James and Joses), purchased spices and planned to anoint Jesus' body with them. They traveled to Jesus' tomb and were discussing which of them were to move the stone in front of the tomb's entrance. When they arrived, they found that the stone had already been moved away from the entrance of the tomb. They entered the tomb and found an angel. They were confused. The angel told them that Jesus had risen and commanded them to tell Jesus' disciples and Peter that Jesus was going to Galilee and that they will see Him there.

They women were confused and frightened. They fled from the tomb and did not tell anyone about what they witnessed.

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome purchased [sweet-smelling] spices, so that they might go and anoint Him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb? Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, though it was extremely large. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right, wearing a [long, stately] white robe; and they were amazed and bewildered. And he said to them, Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See, [here is] the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there, just as He told you. They went out and fled from the tomb, for they were seized with trembling and astonishment; and they said nothing [about it] to anyone, because they were afraid.

— Mark 16:1–16:8 (AMP)

Jesus appeared before Mary Magdalene, and she reported what she had witnessed, but they did not believe her.

Jesus later appeared before His disciples and told them to preach the gospel throughout the world.