Bible Cartoon: Matthew 15 - Faith of a Canaanite Woman - Scene 04 - Dogs and scraps

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Bible Book: Matthew
Bible Book Code: 4001502601
Scene no: 4 of 5

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Matthew 15:26-27 (NLT)
26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their master’s table.”


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.

Jesus (in blue outer robe) is holding the hand of the un-named Canaanite woman, who is kneeling before him, begging him to help her demon-possessed daughter (who is not present in this scene). Behind Jesus is John (son of Zebedee), & behind the sleeping man,& boy by the table is Matthew/Levi.

This scene takes place in the mainland city of Tyre. The relentless Canaanite woman is kneeling before Jesus, begging for his help. I decided to draw her gesturing towards a table, on which an old man is sleeping. A dog & puppy have taken the opportunity to sneak below the table & eat the scraps that have fallen to the ground. This is a literal visual representation of what the Canaanite woman is saying to Jesus, “…but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their master’s table.”

Jesus heals the woman’s daughter in response to her strong faith.

The Canaanite people in this scene often have contrasting triangular shapes on their garments (earth colours (browns) with lighter triangles in a zig-zag pattern), which shows them as distinct from the Israelite figures (& other races) in the scene.