Matthew 15:23 (NLT)
But Jesus gave her [the Canaanite woman] no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in the Bible. I have set the scene in the mid afternoon.
The sun (unseen & off to the right) strongly illuminates this scene, casting shadows to the left of figures and objects.
The un-named Canaanite woman is seen here reaching out towards Jesus, begging for his help. Jesus is accompanied by two of his closest disciples, Matthew/Levi (on the left) & John (son of Zebedee) on the right.
Verse 21 tells us that “Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon”. I researched Tyre & Sidon & discovered that they were important port cities of the Phoenicians. Ancient Tyrus (Tyre, Lebanon) was an impregnable island fortress, which was nevertheless besieged in 332 BC & overrun by the Greek Alexander the Great (also known as Alexander III or Alexander of Macedonia). He built a military causeway which joined it to the rest of the city on the mainland.
This scene shows Jesus & his disciples walking along the causeway that Alexander the Great built (more than 3 centuries earlier), leading out of the island fortress & into the mainland city of Tyre.
The plant in the lower left corner is Quercus infectoria Oliv. (aka Asian holly oak, Aleppo oak). A deciduous or almost evergreen shrub or small tree up to about 20 ft high; buds ovoid, slightly downy; young stems soon glabrous. Leaves leathery, oblong to oblong-elliptic, 13/4 to 23/8 in. long, 5/8 to 2 in. wide, obtuse at the apex, glabrous on both sides except for a few scattered hairs beneath, main lateral veins in mostly five to seven pairs, intercalary veins present, margins dentate, crenate, or sinuate, the teeth usually mucronate; petiole 1/4 to 1/2 in. long. Fruits more or less as in Q. faginea but scales of acorn-cups usually swollen.
Native of the N. Aegean and N.W. Anatolia, rare in cultivation. The galls produced by this oak are used in dyeing, whence the specific epithet, and also in medicine.
Here is the scene without the figures in the foreground.
Matthew 15 – Faith of a Canaanite Woman – Scene 02 – Pleading woman – Landscape