n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Transitioning from childhood to maturity : a rereading of the resurrection of Jairus' daughter (Mark 5:21-43)

Volume 92, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



The narrative of the raising of the daughter of Jairus by Jesus normally finds four strands of interpretation: (i) it serves to emphasise the divine power of Jesus over death; (ii) it focuses on faith as a prerequisite for the salvation of Israel; (iii) it exhorts believers to assist each other through love, care, and the restoration of meaning; or (iv) it demonstrates that the purity laws of Leviticus are no longer valid in the new Pagan-Christian congregations. This article proposes a reading of Mark 5:21-43 as expressing a rite of passage for a young girl at the onset of her menarche, paraphrased as Jesus assisted the girl to accept her transition from girlhood to maidenhood.

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