The Dynamic of Humility and Wisdom: The Syrophoenician Woman and Jesus in Mark 7:24-30

Christopher Alt


In this paper, I will show how Mark offers readers insights on how to live out the virtue of humility and subsequently, how this virtue is related to wisdom. I will do this by dividing the paper into three parts. First, I will provide an exegesis of Mark 7:24-30. Second, I will offer some remarks on the virtue of humility – what it is and how wisdom is attained through its practice. And third, I will proffer my virtue interpretation of Mark 7:24-30, which shows how both the Syrophoenician woman and Jesus serve as examples of humility and how the living out of that virtue leads to wisdom.

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