Christian author Rachel Held Evans has offered an apology and said that she didn’t mean to imply that Jesus Christ was racist for calling a Canaanite woman a “dog.”
“I should have crafted this thread more carefully. I apologize. To clarify: I don’t think Jesus sinned, and I don’t think Jesus was racist. This is a difficult text, but I’d like there to be room for interpretations in which Jesus is genuinely moved & influenced by the woman,” Evans posted in a tweet on Saturday.
She had wrote last week: “It’s fear of Jesus’ humanity, I think, that keeps us from interpreting the story of the Syrophoenician/Canaanite woman as a story about a man changing his mind about his racial bias when confronted with the humanity (and chutzpah!) of another person. But that’s a tricky one.”
The Biblical passage in question refers to Matthew 15:21-28, where Jesus’ disciples inform Him that a Canaanite woman is pleading for her demon-possessed daughter to be helped.
Although the disciples advise Him otherwise, Jesus agrees to meet with the woman. When she asks Him for help while kneeling on the ground, He replies: “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” After the woman shows faith, Jesus agrees to help her daughter.
As Australian theologian and New Testament scholar Michael F. Bird wrote on his blog on Saturday, in a response to Evans, there is a lot of context to consider behind the passage, however.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov