Exorcism of the Syrophoenician woman's daughter

The Woman of Canaan by Michael Angelo Immenraet, 17th century

The Exorcism of the Syrophoenician woman's daughter, as described in the Gospel of Mark (7:24-30), or the Canaanite woman's daughter as described in the Gospel of Matthew (15:21-28), is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels.[1] According to these particular Gospels, in this miracle Jesus exorcised the daughter of the Canaanite or Phoenician woman in the region of Tyre and Sidon.

The Passage

The relevant Bible passage is as follows:

The Canaanite woman came to Jesus, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly."

Jesus exorcising the Canaanite Woman's daughter from Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, 15th century.

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."

He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.

He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs."

"Yes it is, Lord," she said. "Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table."

Then Jesus said to her:

"Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted."

And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

This episode is according to Graham H. Twelftree an example of how Jesus emphasizes the value of faith, as also shown in the Healing the Centurion's servant episode.[1]

Further reading

See also


  1. 1 2 Jesus the miracle worker: a historical & theological study by Graham H. Twelftree 1999 ISBN 0-8308-1596-1 pages 133-134
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