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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.

Martha

personification of the busy housekeeper. [N.T.: Luke 10:39]

Martha

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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ELISABETH MOLTMANN-WENDEL describes Martha of Bethany as one of "the three most important female figures in the New Testament," placing her alongside Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene.
The designation is probably attributable to confusion on the part of a copyist between the names of the early Persian martyrs Marius and his wife Martha and those of Mary (Maria) and Martha of Bethany.
47) By the later Middle Ages the identification of Martha of Bethany and the woman with the flow of blood was firmly established.
As noted at the outset, Martha of Bethany has been "rediscovered" to a certain extent by contemporary theologians.
Next comes Martha of Bethany, from whom Jesus elicits the remarkable testimony, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.
Martha of Bethany, hovering at my elbow, seemed to suggest that I put down my purse and make myself useful.
Martha of Bethany admits anxieties and resentments while her sister, Mary, describes her own extravagance in anointing Jesus.