Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.
This passage contradicts several ideas I had about how much freedom of action Jewish women had in Jesus' day. It surprised me that these women were free to travel around without male relatives. It is especially surprising that Joanna was free to be there without her husband.
The second surprising thing is that the had resources which they could use to provide for Jesus and the disciples.
What thoughts do you all have about this?