In 1st century Jewish thought, women were generally regarded as inappropriate or unworthy mediators of God’s word to men.
After all... [Forthcoming]
• E.g. Pseudo-Phil LAB 9:10 says Miriam’s righteous parents rejected her vision
• E.g. Pseudo-Philo, LAB 42:1-5 says Manoah rejected wife’s words (from an angel)
• E.g. Leviticus Rabbah 10:5
This is relevant because it means that, for Jews, any Christian-based honoring of women as God’s primary envoys in their origin story would by default be a source of mockery. So in the Gospel accounts, it was to their own cultural embarrassment that the first Christians—all Jewish—were largely forced to honor a gaggle of women as God’s chosen messengers to men. What's more, the revelation they were entrusted with was a centerpiece in the men's religious belief and preaching: the tomb-emptying resurrection of their own rabbi, and the very Son of God.
In 1st century Mediterranean thought, it could be rhetorically played as illicit or shameful in general for men to rely on women’s testimony as dependable evidence. Women ought not be sources of the men’s knowledge.
• In general, men being influenced by women could be a point of shame (e.g. in later Roman/Greek thought).1
• In general, women were considered unreliable witnesses.
Reputed demoniacs (or former demoniacs) were considered unreliable as witnesses. [Full article.] In 1st century Mediterranean thought, it could be rhetorically played as illicit or shameful for the apostles to rely on the testimony of reputed demoniacs (or former demoniacs) as evidence.1