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Martha,in the New Testament, friend of Jesus, sister of Mary and Lazarus of Bethany. In Christian literature, Martha has been a symbol of the active, as opposed to the contemplative, life. Feast: July 29.
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personification of the busy housekeeper. [N.T.: Luke 10:39]
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Saint New Testament a sister of Mary and Lazarus, who lived at Bethany and ministered to Jesus (Luke 10:38--42). Feast day: July 29 or June 4
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