Byline: SHELVIA DANCY Religion News Service
They were among the first to believe in the teachings of a carpenter's son from Nazareth, and the first to witness the Resurrection.
But even with ringside seats to the labor pains of Christianity, women in Christian history largely have been pushed to the sidelines.
``I'm surprised at how often women are mentioned in the Gospels but neglected in the Christian tradition,'' said theologian Tina Beattie. ``In the Gospels we don't hear about what women did in terms of marriage and motherhood; we hear about them as disciples. Church tradition has completely neglected that, and overemphasized the roles played …