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Jairus' Daughter Healed
Mark 5:21-43 Commentary
by Karl Jacobson
The healings of Jairus’ daughter and of the woman suffering from a hemorrhage are stories told in each of the Synoptic Gospels (compare Matthew 9:18-26 and Luke 8:40-56).
Mark is rarely the longer version of a shared story in the Synoptics, but in this case Mark’s treatment of these stories is the longest of the three.
Unlike the earlier terse healing stories in Mark, there is more in the way of context and set-up here. First, the two stories are intertwined (as they are in Matthew and Luke as well). Second, Jairus, identified by Mark as a “leader of the synagogue,” comes to Jesus asking him to heal his daughter; here the request is not made by a suffering person for himself (cf. 1:40-45), but is made on behalf of another. Just after this request a woman who has (merely) heard of Jesus comes and does not so much as ask to be healed, but simply touches his cloak and is healed. Only in the exchange which follows does Jesus name her actions as faith, faith which has made her well. Finally, after the interruption to his accompanying Jairus, the report comes that Jairus’ daughter has died. It is too late.
And here in the midst of the ...
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NL208: Jairus' Daughter Healed
January 24, 2016
This podcast discusses Mark 5:21-43, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Jan. 24, 2016.