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In the New Testament, Jairus appears in the Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, Luke) in the context of Jesus performing a miracle. Jairus is introduced as a synagogue leader who approaches Jesus in need of aid, claiming that his daughter is near death and requires some type of healing remedy. In the text, the focus is on the miracle that Jesus procures, pulling Jairus’ daughter back from death to life again. In early Christian art, the emphasis is similarly not on Jairus but on Jair…

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Jefferson, Lee M., “Jairus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 05 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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