In Mediterranean society, a woman’s testifying voice held relatively little persuasive value for listening audiences.
• Jews tended to distrust women’s testimony,1 as did Romans/Greeks. [Both forthcoming]
People possessed by demons (past or present) were not considered credible sources in Mediterranean society; their testimony held little persuasive value for typical audiences.
Full article [Forthcoming] weighs these 2 evidences:
• They were judged to be mentally ill (or crazy, subject to paranoia).
• E.g. Mary was considered unreliable on that basis.
This is relevant because Mary Magdalene, and some of Jesus’s other women followers, had a reputation of being formerly demon possessed.1
• Lk 8:2 — “Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out”
• Mk 16:9 — “He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.” [Note: Although this is the so-called false ending of Mark, it is still early.]