n Neotestamentica - : an examination of the story of the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21-28) and the question of the Gentile mission within the Matthean community

Volume 48, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0254-8356
  • E-ISSN: 2518-4628


The story of the Canaanite woman within the Gospel of Matthew has received a lot of scholarly exegesis over the last century in an attempt to understand its harsh language and dismissive premise. While some scholars have attempted to highlight Matthew's seemingly positive attitude toward Gentiles and thus draw the conclusion that Matthew's community was actively involved in a mission to them, others have noted the more negative tones used by Matthew in relation to the Gentiles. This is a study of Matthew's intentional and strategic redaction of Mark's story of the Syrophoenician woman. It will examine the theological use of the Rahab story from within the Hebrew Scriptures and the problematic dialogue exchanged between Jesus and the Canaanite woman, in an attempt to reconstruct the nature of the Matthean community's suspicion, fear, and exclusion of Gentiles barring exceptional displays of faith and submission.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error