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'The Faith of the Canaanite Woman (Mt. 15.21-28): Narrative, Theology, Ministry’

Lee, Dorothy (2015) 'The Faith of the Canaanite Woman (Mt. 15.21-28): Narrative, Theology, Ministry’. Journal of Anglican Studies, 13 (2015). pp. 12-29. ISSN 1740-3553


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Matthew's story of the Canaanite woman is an unusual and disturbing story in the Gospel tradition. Alongside other Gentile stories in Matthew's very Jewish Gospel, it signifies the opening of the doors on the Gentiles and their inclusion in the community of faith. The woman's language and the silence of Jesus speak powerfully to the contemporary context within Anglicanism. The liturgical language she employs teaches us how to speak in worship, while Jesus’ silence addresses our own experience of suffering and the seeming deafness of God. In the end, the narrative, for all its exegetical difficulties, is a powerful story of communion and the ultimately gracious response of God. As Anglicans we need to recover the depths of our own speech, grounded in Scripture and the Book of Common Prayer, as expressions of the grace of an inclusive God who teaches us how to speak and how to wait in faith.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: women, ministry, Jesus, Matthew, demon possession, theology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Mr Micah Daley-Carey
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 02:30
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2019 23:17
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2950

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