Texts: Isaiah 35:4-7; James 2:1-17; Mark 7:24-37
According to Jewish law and the tradition of the elders, this woman is unclean: she is unclean because she is a strange woman, unclean because she is a Gentile. Her daughter is unclean for both these reasons, and more so because she has an unclean spirit. Although it may make us uncomfortable, Jesus’ rudeness would not have surprised Mark’s original audience; he was
simply addressing her as any Jew might address an impertinent, unclean Gentile woman with the audacity to approach him.