Mary Salome the Wife of Zebedee

The righteous Mary Salome, the wife of Zebedee, (Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40) and probably cousin or sister of Mary the mother of Jesus, to whom reference is made in (John 19:25). “Salome” may be the Hellenized form of a Hebrew name, such as Shulamit, Shulamith, Shlomtsion or Shlomzion. Her name in Hebrew is שלומית‬ (Shlomiẗ, pronounced [ʃlomiθ]) and is derived from the root word שָׁלוֹם‬ (shalom), meaning “peace”.

People answer the call to the best of ability with what they have. For Zebedee, a prosperous fisherman on Sea of Galilee, it meant staying at home and keeping the infrastructure of the family going. For James, John and Salome, it meant being on the road with Jesus, going where ever He would go, assisting and supporting Him in whatever they can do.

Salome appeared first in the 20th chapter of Matthew, when she comes up to Jesus on the road and directly says to him: “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” (Matthew 20:21). She, misunderstood the meaning of the Kingdom of God. As a very ambitious mother, she asked for her sons to be placed at His right and left hand, when the earthly kingdom she expected came into being, Jesus explained that these positions weren’t His to give. He also questioned her as to whether she and her sons would be able to endure the suffering that would be required. In effect, Jesus asked if her sons were prepared to drink the cup of martyrdom, which in the end, they did. James was the first apostle to be martyred, and John, the last. The mother sought instant positions for her sons. But, by losing their lives for Christ’s sake, they gained greater honor in heaven.Read More »