Jesus takes his three trusted apostles (Mk 5:37-5:37)

“Jesus allowed

No one

To follow him,

Except Peter,


And John,

The brother of James.”


καὶ οὐκ ἀφῆκεν οὐδένα μετ’ αὐτοῦ συνακολουθῆσαι εἰ μὴ τὸν Πέτρον καὶ Ἰάκωβον καὶ Ἰωάνην τὸν ἀδελφὸν Ἰακώβου.


Luke, chapter 8:51, is similar to Mark, but only mentioned them when they were at the house of Jairus.  Mark said that Jesus did not allow anyone to go with him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.  These were Jesus’ 3 favorite trusted apostles.  The other disciples and apostles were excluded from this excursion to heal the young girl.

Your daughter is dead (Mk 5:35-5:35)

“While Jesus

Was still speaking,

Some people came

From the leader’s house.

They said.

‘Your daughter

Is dead.

Why trouble the Teacher

Any further?’”


Ἔτι αὐτοῦ λαλοῦντος ἔρχονται ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀρχισυναγώγου λέγοντες ὅτι Ἡ θυγάτηρ σου ἀπέθανεν· τί ἔτι σκύλλεις τὸν διδάσκαλον;


Now back to the original story.  Luke, chapter 8:49, is similar to Mark, almost word for word, while Matthew had the little girl already dead.  Mark said that while Jesus was still speaking (Ἔτι αὐτοῦ λαλοῦντος), some people came from the synagogue leader’s house (ἔρχονται ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀρχισυναγώγου).  They told him that his daughter was dead (λέγοντες ὅτι Ἡ θυγάτηρ σου ἀπέθανεν).  Thus, there was no need to trouble the Teacher anymore (τί ἔτι σκύλλεις τὸν διδάσκαλον).  Notice that they called Jesus “teacher.”  The idea of curing the young girl was gone, since she had died.