Finally, woman characters in Mark are regularly connected with discipleship, including the service of Peter’s mother-in-law (1:31), the faith of the bleeding woman (5:34), the insight of the Syrophoenician woman (7:28–29), the sacrifice of the woman anointing Jesus’ head (14:8–9), and the women disciples from Galilee following Jesus to the cross (15:40–41). Thus contextual, grammatical, historical, and literary evidence supports the traditional exemplary interpretation as well.
Mk 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
Mk 5:34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Mk 7:28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Mk 7:29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.”
Mk 14:8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. Mk 14:9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
Mk 15:40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. Mk 15:41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
 Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (199). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Published on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 @ 4:25 AM CDT