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sı̄´ro - fḗ - nish´an , sir - ṓ - ( Συροφοίνισσα , Surophoinissa , Συροφοινίκισσα , Surophoinı́kissa ; Westcott and Hort, The New Testament in Greek has variant Súra Phoinikissa ; the King James Version Syrophenician ): The woman from the borders of Tyre and Sidon whose daughter Jesus healed is described as "a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race" ( Mark 7:26 ), and again as "a Canaanitish woman" (Matthew 15:22 ). This seems to mean that she was of Canaanite descent, a native of the Phoenician seaboard, Greek in religion, and probably also in speech. The names Syria and Phoenicia are both applied to the same region in Acts 21:2 , Acts 21:3 . Syrophoenician may therefore denote simply an inhabitant of these parts. According to Strabo (xvii. 3), this district was called Syrophoenicia to distinguish it from the North African Lybophoenicia.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Syrophoenician'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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