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Does anyone know if there is a scripture reference for this, if not what is the thinking behind it?

  • Have you tried looking this up online? The answer can be found in Matthew 15:27. – Mick Dec 6 '17 at 11:10
  • Yes, but the confession of the Canaanite woman is a different confession. Her confession is not "I am not fit" or even " I have been unfit rather, " even the dogs eat the crumbs" – user38924 Dec 6 '17 at 11:15
  • Jesus commends this as a statement of faith – user38924 Dec 6 '17 at 11:15
  • I would imagine that it is a direct adaption. The encounter in Matthew 15 is very well known. – Mick Dec 6 '17 at 11:17
  • Maybe you should change your question to ask for an explanation of this encounter, and why Jesus calls the Caananite woman a "dog", and why she accepts the apparent insult? – Mick Dec 6 '17 at 11:19
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We see at Luke 16: 19-21:

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores."

There was presumably a custom among the rich, of cleaning one's fingers between one course of meal and another with some inferior kind of bread, which would then be discarded , as we do with tissue papers today . (I am sorry I am unable to quote any reference in support of the prevalence of such a custom at the time of Jesus.)

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