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no parallel to the demons' request to be sent into the swine. Howbeit, we cannot dismiss the herd of swine as non-existent. It may have been a fact that there was a herd of swine near by which, by a curious coincidence, rushed over a cliff and were drowned, but this is rather a far-fetched interpretation. In the previous chapter we saw how the Babylonians had a magic rite by which a demon was transferred to some group of objects among which was a pig and this may have become familiar to the Jews. At any rate, as they regarded pigs as being by nature unclean, they would consider them to be suitable receptacles for superannuated demons. In the account as it stands these particular demons seem to have shown a wholly admirable discipline : without any fuss they marched by threes, each rank into its respective pig. Jesus is then reported to have told the maniac to go home and ' tell what great things God has done for thee ', and commentators are divided about the meaning of the word ' God ' here, some taking it to denote Jesus Himself and others, Jahweh. Mark supports the former by saying that the man went his way and began to publish in Decapolis how great things ' Jesus ' had done for him. It is questionable whether Jesus, being a Jew, would use the divine name in this haphazard way. ' Lord ', which is taken to mean ' God ', is, in fact, Luke's favourite title for Jesus.
Jairus' Daughter and the Woman with the Issue of Blood (Mark v, 22-43).When Jesus returned from Khersa to the western shore of Galilee He found a large crowd awaiting Him and among them was a ruler of the synagogue named Jairus who prostrated himself at His feet. With fervour he besought Jesus to visit his twelve-year-old daughter who was at the point of death (there is no evidence for Otto's statement m that the girl's condition was one of severe catalepsy), and to lay