The Canaanite Woman's Faith (Characters (Canaanite Woman (The…
The Canaanite Woman's Faith
Appears to reject her request at first.
Acknowledges her great faith.Heals her daughter
The reference to Canaanite: term from OT referring to Israel's pagan enemies
Seeks Jesus' help in healing her daughter
Refers to Jesus as 'Lord' and 'Son of David' - recognizes who Jesus is
She is presented as a model of faith.
Disciples of Jesus
Urge Jesus to send her away.
Lost sheep of Israel
The intended recipients of Jesus' mission and the Kingdom of God
District of Tyre and Sidon indicating Gentile territory
Persistence and steadfastness in faith
Salvation extends to all humankind.
The God of Jesus is the God of Israel. A reminder that Christianity is rooted in Judaism.
Salvation is not limited to the House of Israel
Woman's persistence demonstrates her faith in Jesus' ability to help her
Jesus' identity is recognized by a Gentile
Summary of Events
A woman approaches Jesus and yells to him to help her daughter. The disciples urge Jesus to send her away. Jesus engages in a dialogue with the woman and at first appears to reject her request. She persists, confident that Jesus can help her. Jesus heals the girl after declaring how great the woman's faith is.