And certain women which had been healed of afflictions and infirmities ministered
unto the Lord with all gentle affection.
And of them were Mary of Magdala, Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s chief steward,
Susanna of Jotapata, Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus, Regilla of Hippos, and
many others also, and they gave unto the ministry of their substance.
Summary: Susanna of Jotapata was a disciple of Yeshua, and likely one of the seven
female apostles appointed by Miriam and included among those who witnessed Yeshua’s
transfiguration on Mount Tabor (Y:18:1-4; 19:2). References in Azrael’s Commentary
present Susanna and Yeshua’s wife Mary as being very close friends. After Yeshua’s
resurrection, Mary and Susanna lived together in Nazareth (AZC — Yeshua and Mary;
Azrael’s Commentary - Demitrius
A wealthy artisan in fine exquisite silverware, and a prominent citizen of Hippos,
Demitrius became one of Yeshua’s most devout disciples and was a witness to the post-resurrectional
teachings of Yeshua. He continued to live in Hippos long after Yeshua’s ministry
was completed, and helped greatly in financing the missionary efforts of the apostles,
especially those of Jude.
Demitrius appointed himself the guardian to the household of Mary and Susanna, and
at his own expense he had the house of Mary and Susanna completely refurbished and
appointed. During the Jewish uprising of 68-70 CE, he tried to persuade Mary and
Susanna to take refuge in Hippos, but both women kindly refused the offer, preferring
to stay in Nazareth among friends and family. Still fearful for their welfare, Demitrius
paid to have the house discreetly watched over by Roman legionnaires who were told
that Mary and Susanna were friends of Rome, and that Susanna was none other than
the widowed wife of Marcus Quintus the former Prefect of Jotapata. Demitrius died
in 77 CE, and according to Greek custom his body was cremated.
“[Rufinius] retired to live in Nazareth where he was a frequent visitor in the home
of Mary and Susanna of Jotapata.”