Who Was This Woman?

In Matthew 20, we are given the following story:

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee* came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”

* These are James and John.

My question: Who was this woman? – This mother of the sons of Zebedee? Was she just some obscure anonymous person who came and went from the stories of the Bible, like many others?

No – Not quite.

Let us take a look at the following verses:

” … among whom were Mary Magdalene and
Mary the mother of James and Joseph and
the mother of the sons of Zebedee” (Matt. 27:56).

” … 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
” (Mark 15:40).

” … When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene,
Mary the mother of James, and
bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him” (Mark 16:1).

Now if you look at the above verses, what is the identity of the mother of the sons of Zebedee?


~ It turns out that in spite of the not so great request up above, she hung in there, in terms of being a follower of Jesus and grew greatly.   She was there at the Empty Tomb, and she would see the Risen Lord.