Does anyone know if there is a scripture reference for this, if not what is the thinking behind it?
Where does the thought 'we were not even fit to eat the crumbs from under your table' originate, in the Anglican communion service?
Have you tried looking this up online? The answer can be found in Matthew 15:27.– MickDec 6, 2017 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"– user38924Dec 6, 2017 at 11:15
Jesus commends this as a statement of faith– user38924Dec 6, 2017 at 11:15
I would imagine that it is a direct adaption. The encounter in Matthew 15 is very well known.– MickDec 6, 2017 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?– MickDec 6, 2017 at 11:19
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.)