Still at the Margins?: Gospel Women and their Afterlives<sup>1</sup>

Christine E. Joynes

in Radical Christian Voices and Practice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738340 | DOI:
Still at the Margins?: Gospel Women and their Afterlives1

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This chapter highlights some striking examples from the reception history (or afterlives) of the haemorrhaging woman (Mark 5:25–34) and Jairus’s daughter (Mark 5:22–3; 5:35–43) in order to point to radical elements in the Markan narrative. Remarkable identification with these two ritually unclean women across the centuries is illustrated through snapshots from different historical periods and different media (including art, music, and literature). Frequently, one finds that these two women function as models of empowerment against the forces of death, and exemplars of life-giving action: the haemorrhoissa displays bold, risk-taking action, whilst Jairus’s daughter responds to Christ’s compelling call to arise. Both their actions have inspired subsequent generations of interpreters. Reception history does not, however, simply retrieve these women from the margins; rather, it reveals that they function as forerunners of Christ himself.

Keywords: Reception history; afterlives; Jairus’s daughter; haemorrhaging woman; haemorrhoissa; empowerment; margins; action; Mark

Chapter.  7308 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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