The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race; and she besought him that he would cast forth the demon out of her daughter.
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Cornelius a Lapide
A Gentile: Gr. ÎÎ»Î»Î®Î½Î¹Ï‚, i.e, a Grecian woman, for where the Greeks bore sway, all Gentiles were called Greeks. Hence the expression in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans , "The Jew first, and also the Greek" i.e, the Gentile.
A Syrophonician, i.e, belonging to that part of PhÅ“nicia which looks towards Syria. ...