Elective presented at the 2021 Priscilla & Aquila annual conference.
Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:22-28 is confronting for the way that Jesus refers to Gentiles as “dogs”. Some have suggested that this woman actually exposed and corrected Jesus’ innate bigotry. As evangelicals, we will obviously recoil at this kind of reading. But how exactly are we to understand this encounter? Why does Jesus refer to her in this way? And how does this passage help us think about racism and bigotry?
Level: Popular academic.