Syrophoenician (Si´roh-fi-nish´uhn)

The woman who, having heard of Jesus’s ministry, sought healing for her daughter (Mark 7:26). She is also referred to as a Greek, i.e., as a Gentile. The term “Syrophoenician” indicates that this woman was from Phoenicia, located in the Roman province of Syria, or, more specifically, from the area of the old cities of Tyre and Sidon. In the parallel passage (Matt 15:22), the woman is called a “Canaanite,” an ancient geographical designation that would have included this area.

Mark 7:26

26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

Matt 15:22

22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.”

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