Exorcising the Canaanite woman's daughter
Exorcising the Canaanite woman's daughter is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels, i.e. Matthew 15:21-28 and Mark 7:24-30. According to the Gospels, in this miracle Jesus exorcised the daughter of the Canaanite or Phoenician woman in the region of Tyre and Sidon.
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 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.
The section concerning the deliverance of the Canaanite woman's daughter 15:21-28 has often been misinterpreted. According to an article by Biblical Scholar Roy Blizzard III, "Yet The Dogs Eat of the Crumbs Which Fall from Their Masters' Table", this passage has to do with a scholarly exchange between a proselyte woman and Jesus. There are several hints as to the woman's knowledge of Judaism and the teachings of Hillel and Shammai.