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Syrophoenician, Syro-phoenician, Syrophenician

si'-ro-fe-nish'-an ((Aram) high, highlands, (Phoinike) land of dates, or palm trees)
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Easton's Bible Dictionary

"a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation" ( Mark 7:26 ), i.e., a Gentile born in the Phoenician part of Syria. (See PHENICIA)

When our Lord retired into the borderland of Tyre and Sidon ( Matthew 15:21 ), a Syro-phoenician woman came to him, and earnestly besought him, in behalf of her daughter, who was grievously afflicted with a demon. Her faith in him was severely tested by his silence ( Matthew 15:23 ), refusal ( Matthew 15:24 ), and seeming reproach that it was not meet to cast the children's bread to dogs ( Matthew 15:26 ). But it stood the test, and her petition was graciously granted, because of the greatness of her faith ( Matthew 15:28 ).


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Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names

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Smith's Bible Dictionary

occurs only in ( Mark 7:26 ) The word denoted perhaps a mixed race, half Phoenicians and half Syrians; (or the Phoenicians in this region may have been called Syro-phoenicians because they belonged to the Roman province of Syria, and were thus distinguished from the Phoenicians who lived in Africa, or the Carthaginians. --ED.)

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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

si'-ro-fe-nish'-an, sir-o- (Surophoinissa, Surophoinikissa; Westcott and Hort, The New Testament in Greek has variant Sura Phoinikissa; the King James Version Syrophenician):

The woman from the borders of Tyre and Sidon whose daughter Jesus healed is described as "a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race" (Mark 7:26), and again as "a Canaanitish woman" (Matthew 15:22). This seems to mean that she was of Canaanite descent, a native of the Phoenician seaboard, Greek in religion, and probably also in speech. The names Syria and Phoenicia are both applied to the same region in Acts 21:2 , 3. Syrophoenician may therefore denote simply an inhabitant of these parts. According to Strabo (xvii.3), this district was called Syrophoenicia to distinguish it from the North African Lybophoenicia.




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