DIE KANAÄNITIESE VROU VAN MATTEUS 15: HERVORMER IN EIE REG

Elna Mouton

Abstract


This worship service was broadcast by Radiosondergrense on the evening of
Reformation Sunday, 27 October 2002. I gladly dedicate my interpretation of the
Canaanite woman’s story as a humble tribute to Professor HJ Bernard Combrink,
respected predecessor in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch
where he taught New Testament Studies for 26 years. His own academic journey
often dwelled on the gospels of Mark and Matthew – the only gospels to narrate the
story of the Syro-Phoenician (Caananite) woman. The “retelling” of her story from
within the genre of a worship service, with particular reference to the structure and
socio-rhetorical dynamics of Matthew 15:21-28, is presented as a celebration of
Reformation Day. Simultaneously it wishes to honour Combrink’s profound respect
for both the detail and broad literary and socio-rhetorical contexts of the biblical
documents, as well as his concern for their relevance for the liturgy of social life in
(South) Africa.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/80-0-758

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