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A Gentile (lit. “Greek,” Ἑλληνίς, Hellēnis) woman who asks Jesus to exorcise a demon from her daughter (Mark 7:26). Jesus initially declines, indicating that His ministry is only for Jews, but because of the woman’s persistence He accommodates her request.
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Syro-Phoenician Woman (Person)
SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN (PERSON) [Gk Syrophoinikissa (Συροφοινικισσα)]. A Greek woman, born in Syrian Phoenicia, who begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter as recorded in Mark 7:24–30 and Matt 15:21–28. This is the only example in the gospels of Jesus ministering to a woman who was in all
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SYRO-PHOENICIAN [sigh row feh KNEE shun] — a Gentile woman whose daughter was healed by Jesus (Mark 7:26). She was from Phoenicia, a nation northeast of Palestine that had been incorporated into the Roman province of Syria—thus the term, Syro-Phoenician. Although she was not a citizen of the Jewish nation,
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Syʹro-Phœ-nicʹian. This word occurs only in Mark 7:26. It denotes most likely a mixed race, half Phœnicians and half Syrians. Matthew (15:22) speaks of “a woman of Canaan” in place of Mark’s “Syro-Phœnician,” and the expression implies that Canaan and Phœnicia were interchangeable names. The actual country
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
SYROPHŒNICIAN WOMAN.—So designated in Mk 7:26.* She is described further (1) in the same passage as a Greek (Ἑλληνίς), i.e., according to Heb. usage, one who spoke Greek as her ordinary language;† and (2) in Mt 15:22 as a Canaanite (Χαναναία), equivalent here to Phœnician, in conformity with the LXX,