A WOMAN WITH ISSUES Mark 5.21-43
The King James Version of the Bible describes, rather delicately, the woman in Mark chapter 5 as having an issue of blood. However, this woman had not one but a whole number of ‘issues’ which were draining her of life and which drove her, out of sheer desperation, to touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak as he passed by.
Firstly, she had issues with society, a society ordered and structured so as marginalise and ostracise her.
In its preoccupation with anything that was considered unclean, the diseased were considered a social and...