The Woman at the Well. John's Portrayal of the Samaritan Mission

Susan Miller

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The account of the meeting of Jesus and the Samaritan woman (John 4:4–42) portrays the positive response of a Samaritan woman to Jesus’ mission. The Samaritan woman recognizes Jesus as the Messiah, and she then tells others in her town about Jesus. As a result of her actions, Jesus stays two days in the Samaritan town, and more Samaritans come to faith in him. There is no account of a Samaritan mission, however, in the other Gospels. Mark does not make any reference to the Samaritans, while Matthew includes a prohibition to the disciples not to enter a city...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJohn, Jesus, and History
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2. Aspects of Historicity in John
EditorsP. N. Anderson, F. Just S.J., T. Thatcher
PublisherSBL Press
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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NameSBL Symposium Series


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