Puzzling encounters – At first glance, these conversations can be disconcerting. At his own mother’s request for assistance at a wedding, he answers, “Woman, what does that have to do with me?” and refuses to help. He forces another woman with an embarrassing ailment to admit her problem to a crowd of villagers. When a desperate mother comes begging for help, Jesus first ignores her, then compares her to a dog. What was going on in these encounters? Did Jesus have something against women?