Marys and Salmome

Eastern Orthodox icon showing the two Marys and Salome at the tomb of Jesus

Salome was the wife of Zebedee and the father of James and John, the disciples of Jesus.

In the gospel of Matthew the women present at the crucifixion of Jesus are named as "Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee."[1] But in the book of Mark the women named as being present at the crucifixion are "Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome."[2] It is commonly thought that the "mother of the sones of Zebedee" and "Salome" are the same people.

Salome came before Jesus and knelt before Him. She asked if both of her two sons could sit on Jesus' right and left when He comes into His kingdom. Jesus responded by explaining them that they do not understand what they were asking. He told them that the two sons will "drink of my cup" but ultimately it is up to the Father grant such a request. Of course when the other ten disciples heard of this request they became indignant towards the two brothers.[3]

Salome was among the women who went to the tomb of Jesus that they might anoint Him. When they arrived at the tomb they discovered the stone rolled away and the body of Jesus was not inside. They saw a young man dressed in white sitting inside the tomb who explained that Jesus had risen and was not there. He told them to go and tell the disciples what they saw. Unfortunately they were so scared that they said nothing to anyone.[4]

References Edit

  1. Matthew 27:56
  2. Mark 15:40
  3. Matthew 20:20-23
  4. Mark 16:1-8