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"Recent scholarship in New Testament studies affords new insight into the character of the Syrophoenician woman in the Gospel of Mark, where she argues with a reluctant Jesus, urging, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” New insights build from materialist approaches to scripture, and taken together, the figure of the Syrophoenician woman as set in her likely social-historical context is suggestive for moral agency today. The passage as a whole has been interpreted in various ways. Some traditionalist Christian readings have found a moral about the power of faith, humility, and persistence suitable for women in the face of desperation and insult."

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