Cerberus Bites Back: A Tale with Three Heads — the Syrophoenician and her Imitators

Alan Cadwallader


Exchanges about dogs operate rhetorically in the stories of the Syrophoenician women in Mark’s gospel, the Canaanite woman in Matthew, and the righteous Justa in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies. The three stories are thus analysed with a focus on proverbial form, poetic features, and metre. The variations in the way the dogs are employed in the three stories reflect different periods and contexts within early Christianities, and are variously employed to convey abuse, voice, food practices, ethnicity, and gender.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11157/rsrr7-1-2-763