- This may not be
reflected in Hebrews or Koine Greek translations, it may not even be
biblical at all. It is just a personal pursuit to find the omnipotent
God of creation that had a plan for the end even before the
beginning. I’m discerning scripture using the test of which
interpretation yields a message that places God and creation in the
best possible positive view on the proposition that if we err then it
is better to err on the side of love of God.
ChatGPT, the Canaanite woman and I.
I asked Chat to
write the meaning of the dialogue between Jesus and the Canaanite
woman. Chat erroneously made the statement that Jesus came for the
children of Israel not that Jesus made that statement. Luke omitted
the statement altogether possibly because he thought that Jesus
simply would not make such a false statement. But in Mathews account
it is an odd remark since Jesus had already had had encounters with
none Jews such as the Centurion a Roman to whom Jesus had expressed
the love of an enemy by responding and stating that he had not found
such faith in all of Israel. It also led to the interpretation that
Jesus was continuing to ignore her.
Chat also quoted the
common belief that Jesus referred to her as a dog. Would Jesus be so
unkind and rude which is quite out of context with his other
encounters and the teaching lessons we need to extract? Note that in her reply she stated
"even the dogs" not "even us dogs" Apparently she didn't include
herself? And by this statement she puts the qustion back
Chat concluded that
Jesus was demonstrating how “not” to behave by being more
and the woman’s faith demonstrated her persistence rather than
more valid insight to the Lords table for all. A great end for the
woman not so good for Jesus
and very unlike him from other verses where he tests the faithful
I engaged Chat again
to rewrite a better interpretation.
Me: Rewrite an
interpretation of the Canaanite woman where Jesus statement that he
came for the children of Israel was a question either to the apostles
who were blocking her or to the woman to see how she would react. And
that in the statement that it was not good to throw the childrens
food to dogs was also a question to the woman to test her faith. A
possible connection to “do not throw your pearls to swine.”
her answer she referenced the table of the Lord possibly the last
supper that even the dog the betrayer, Judas, still ate and even
though she was an alien to Israel she was a believer. The children
being a metaphor for believer and the food Jesus power to heal as she
In the encounter between Jesus and the Canaanite woman,
statement that he came for the children of Israel can be seen as a
question directed either to the apostles who were blocking her or to
the woman herself, aiming to test her faith and persistence. Rather
than a definitive declaration, Jesus sought to elicit a response that
would demonstrate the depth of her belief and determination.
Similarly, when Jesus mentioned that it was not good to
children's food to dogs, it can be understood as a probing question
rather than an insult. By using this analogy, Jesus aimed to gauge
the woman's reaction and her understanding of her own position as an
outsider. The connection to the phrase "do not throw your pearls
to swine" can be drawn here, suggesting that valuable teachings
should be shared with those who can truly appreciate and understand
In her answer, the Canaanite woman astutely referred to
of the Lord, possibly alluding to the Last Supper, where even the
betrayer Judas, often symbolically referred to as a dog, partook in
the meal. By making this reference, the woman highlighted the
inclusiveness and transformative power of Jesus' ministry. Despite
being an outsider, she affirmed her faith and acknowledged her place
at the table as a believer.
Thus, in this reinterpretation, the children mentioned
serve as a metaphor for believers, and the food represents Jesus'
power to heal and transform lives. Through her unwavering faith and
profound understanding, the Canaanite woman demonstrates that even as
an alien to Israel, she is a devoted follower deserving of Jesus'
healing touch and mercy.
Is this a better
reflection of Jesus ethos compared to the popular ones.
reflection of Jesus' ethos presented in the reinterpretation of the
Canaanite woman's encounter offers an alternative perspective that
emphasizes Jesus' testing of the woman's faith and the inclusiveness
of his ministry. While the popular interpretations of this story may
vary, they often focus on Jesus' initial reluctance to help the woman
and his eventual acknowledgment of her faith.
Both interpretations carry elements of Jesus' ethos,
suggested reflection highlights the significance of faith and
persistence, challenging individuals to demonstrate their unwavering
belief in Jesus even in the face of obstacles. It also underscores
the broader message of inclusivity and the transformative power of
Jesus' teachings. Ultimately, different
interpretations may resonate with
individuals based on their own understanding, beliefs, and cultural
context. It is important to approach these narratives with an open
mind and seek a holistic understanding of Jesus' ethos by considering
various perspectives and interpretations.