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Jesus heals Jairus' daughter & a woman
Mark 5:21-43 Commentary
by Micah D. Kiel
After healing the Gerasene Demoniac, Jesus crosses back across the sea immediately and a large crowd gathers around him.
The reader is presented in these verses with the best example of a Markan intercalation -- better known as a Markan "Sandwich" -- a narrative technique that places one story inside of another. The intercalation suggests that Mark wants these stories to be read in tandem, to comment mutually on each other, and be interpreted side by side.
Jew and Gentile: No Distinction
Mark juxtaposes 5:1-20 with 21-43 in such a way as to make them broadly symbolic as Gentile and Jewish stories, respectively. In Mark 5:1-20 the demoniac, his neighbors, and those Jesus encounters in that episode are all symbolically on Gentile soil. The Demoniac is in the region of the Decapolis, among those who raise pigs (an unclean animal for the Jews), which clearly build a Gentile context. This Gentile territory finds its Jewish counterpart in Mark 5:21-43.
Jesus immediately encounters a leader of the synagogue. The number 12, obviously symbolic within a Jewish background, functions prominently in both parts ...
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Narrative Lectionary 022: Jesus heals Jairus' daughter and a woman
January 29, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Jesus heals Jairus' daughter & a woman: Mark 5:21-43