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Commentaries for Matthew Chapter 15

Pharisees and Canaanites

The educated religious elite of Jesus' day opposed him (vv...
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Moral Versus Ritual Cleanness

The reader recognizes Jesus as God's Son who acts not only as the prophets of old (14:13-21) but as the Lord of creation himself (14:22-32)...
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A Canaanite Woman's Faith

Placed immediately after a discussion of purity in both Matthew and Mark, Jesus' encounter with this Gentile woman brings out the implications the Evangelists find in his view of purity: Gentiles will no longer be separated from Israel (compare Acts 10:15, 28; 11:9-18)...
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Feeding the Four Thousand

This narrative, like the feeding of the five thousand (14:15-21), teaches us about Jesus' power and care for us...
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