Was Jarius' Daughter Dead or Not?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

Was the daughter of Jarius already dead, or at the point of death?

Already dead:

Matthew 9:18

While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

At the point:

Mark 5:22-23

22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,

23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.

 

Answer:

   When you continue reading in Mark, we see Jesus stops and speaks to a woman who touched Him so that she could be healed. After that, news comes to the ruler about his daughter.  Mark tells us in verse 35…

Mark 5:35

While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? 

   As we know from contemporary writing, different writers focus on different things, some summarize differently, etc, but the whole of the report would remain the same. One glaring conclusion is simply that Matthew chose to combine the two happenings into one.  The second and most logical is the use of the word “even” in Matthew. The translated Greek word is Kai which can mean “but”. Given the grave condition of his daughter, Jarius probably figured she was dead by the time he got to Jesus and with meaning of the word Kai would have simply been stating that by now she was dead. Either way you look at it, the reports of what happened harmonize, and there is no contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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