HTS: Theological Studies
Matthew 15:21-28, Judaism, Conversion, Canaanite Woman
This article elaborates on the author’s monograph “Have mercy on me”: The story of the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15.21-28 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002). According to the monograph, Matthew uses the Psalms, the story of Ruth and rabbinic tradition to turn Mark’s story of the Syrophoenician woman (7:24-30) into a conversion formula for entrance into the Jewish community. This article employs an intertextuality approach to enhance the theory of proselytism in Matthew’s gospel. The Canaanite woman passes a three-time rejection, one-time acceptance test that the first-century rabbis delineated from the story of Ruth for converting to Judaism.
Jackson, Glenna S., "Enemies of Israel: Ruth and the Canaanite Woman" (2003). Religion & Philosophy Faculty Scholarship. 9.
Jackson, Glenna S. "Enemies Of Israel : Ruth And The Canaanite Woman." HTS: Theological Studies 59:3 (Sep 2003):779-792.
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