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The ESV Standard Lesson Commentary is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday school class and personal study or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the ISSL/Uniform Series. Standard Lesson Commentaries combine thorough Bible study with relevant examples and questions to provide 52 weeks of lessons in a single volume.

Luke indicates there are at least five women involved, with three being named. Mary Magdalene is recorded by the Gospels as being present at the crucifixion of Jesus, at his burial, and at the empty tomb early Sunday morning. She was delivered from demon possession by Jesus, which helps us understand her devotion to him (Luke 8:2). Joanna is the wife of an official in the household of Herod, the king of Galilee (8:3). Mary the mother of James is further defined as being “the mother of James and Joseph”
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