In the gospel of John, Jesus (a Galilean) engages in a most unusual conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well.

“So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.” (John 4:5-6)

From the start, a first-century Israelite reader would be alerted to the fact that this conversation takes place next to the burial place of Joseph’s bones. “They buried the bones of Joseph, which the sons of Israel brought up from Egypt, at Shechem…” (Joshua 24:32). This immediately hints at a connection between the Samaritan woman’s story and the story of Joseph. What kind of connection?  Please allow me to explain.

Traditionally, the Samaritan woman is presented as a person of ill repute; a loose and sinful woman who (although traditionally pictured as young) already had five husbands and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. Like Rebecca in Genesis 24, she comes to the well towards evening, when the temperatures are cooler, and meets the Messiah who is weary from walking all day (John 4:6). [Note: The Gospel of John does not use the same timekeeping system as the other Gospels. To see why, please compare Matthew 27:45 with John 19:14.  Matthew follows the Jewish reckoning of time in which the “sixth hour” is 3 PM. John follows the Roman reckoning of time where the “sixth hour” refers to the sixth hour after midnight or, as in this case, the sixth hour after noon.]

In any event, the timing of her visit to the well is near sunset – perhaps in order to avoid the critical eyes of the community. The painting accompanying this article is a good example of this traditional interpretation: she is young, beautiful, and she is out to attract men. As the traditional theory goes, Jesus confronted her with her sin and she had no choice but to admit it.

However, Jesus’ conversation at the well with this seemingly unrighteous woman bears all the marks of deep theological engagement on both sides. The woman knows that (according to the traditions of Judean Israelites) Jesus would be ritually contaminated if he were to use a vessel that belonged to a Samaritan woman. A later Judean legend, which asserted that Samaritan women’s menstrual cycles began immediately following childbirth, serves to emphasize this point (BT, Niddah 4:1).

She, therefore, wonders (again like her ancestor Rebecca) how she can help him draw water since he has no vessel of his own (i.e. a ceremonially clean vessel). They discuss worship, salvation, and even the concept of Messiah. The initial tension is soon resolved and the conversation results in her testifying about Jesus to her entire village. Consequently, many Samaritan Israelites believe in Jesus, and he stays with them for two days.

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Why did members of her Israelite/Samaritan (though non-Judean) community trust her witness, if she was a known sinner? Why, given the adversarial religio-political climate between Samaritans and Judeans, would they drop everything they were doing and come to see a young Judean man?

What if the description of the Samaritan woman has been misunderstood by both us and later interpreters?

Doesn’t her avoidance of people, having five prior husbands, and a live-in boyfriend support this view? Isn’t that enough evidence? Not really. Avoiding people (if that was her purpose) may have been a symptom of a profound depression caused by her life’s difficulties, including multiple divorces and/or the deaths of her husbands.

“Jesus said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” (John 4:17-18). 

The mere fact of having had multiple husbands is not a sin in and of itself. In ancient Israelite society, women did not initiate a divorce. Her five husbands could have died of sickness, been killed by bandits, perished in battle, or simply divorced her because of infertility. Still, in any of these cases, the result would have been devastating to her each time.

Jesus stated that she was currently living with a man who was not her husband.  Many assume this meant that the woman was cohabitating with her boyfriend.  However, this is not explicitly stated.  Because she would need some means of support, she may have lived with a distant relative or in some other undesirable arrangement in order to survive. In her Aramaic speaking culture, it was important for a woman to have a male protector around her at every stage of her life. These protector males, called “gowra” in Aramaic (from a root meaning “strength”) could be a male cousin, uncle, or other guardian responsible to take care of her.

Moreover, Samaritan Israelites did not practice Levirate marriage as did Judean and Galilean Israelites (a group to which Jesus belonged). Samaritans believed that the benefit of Levirate marriage should not apply to a woman if her marriage had been consummated. It is likely that Jesus was not nailing her to the cross of justice, but instead was telling her that he knew everything about the pain she had endured. This is certainly more consistent with the Jesus we know from other stories.

Finally, it is interesting that Joseph’s suffering (remember this conversation is taking place not far from his tomb) and the Samaritan woman’s suffering is not the only thing they had in common. Both Joseph’s suffering and the suffering of the Samaritan woman brought forth the same result in the end – the salvation of their people (John 4:39).

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263 COMMENTS

  1. I have thought the woman was a prophetess. In the New Testament, here in the western world, she is only one of two people Jesus tells that ” I Am” he!

  2. Have you ever compared such saying as “I am he” with similar sayings in Hindu Scripture i.e. “I am that” or “Thou are that”?

  3. I am very delighted in reading your bible commentaries, because you stand close to the text, and make it speak by itself. I’m studying hindu scriptures and trying to find some “common ground” between bible and, say, Bhagavad-Gita. You are giving me a good exemple on how to approach a text. Thanks.

  4. Just a side note: In regard to the picture used I am curious, not faultfinding, but curious. I have never been able to find out if Israeli men wore long hair in Jesus’ day. Can you enlighten me? Thanks.

  5. Thank you for your excellent article. This has to be a very significant story . . . Jesus is in Jerusalem (John 3 and John 5) . . . and here he has left Jerusalem for no apparent reason, gone to Shechem, met the woman at the well, and returned. Secondly, in John 3 he has talked about rebirth through the Spirit, and here he informs the woman (and us) that there will be a time when the Samaritans don’t worship at their temple (i.e. the “hill” of Mt. Gerazim, easily seen from Jacob’s well) wups out of words.

  6. We need to change interpretation only where the text requires it based on the authorial intent, as a teacher in Bible and Apologetics with a master in Jewish Studies. This maybe thought provoking but not wise. Appreciate a fellow teacher of Jewish Root but let us work together to avoid novel interpretations not supported by the text itself. Shalom Brother

  7. Thank you for new look at this wonderful story! How interesting that ‘unclean’ vessels were filled at jacob’s well. Did Yeshua ever get a drink of water there?

  8. Very interesting explanation of the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. It undergirds my assertion that those of us who believe in the teachings of Christ should examine their Jewish roots. Shalom!

  9. I believe what you have written is the Truth. I find people take the scriptures as given to them. But Yeshua never really accused her of anything…We are the ones (myself included) who are so quick to judge. As we don’t know who she was living with we just assume she was living in sin, and it is always the way it is presented by clergy. Isn’t it interesting what people can do with. “And the man you are living with now, is not your husband.” Could have been her brother, father, uncle, cousin…

  10. I always enjoy your teaching and thank you for opening my mind to possibilities I never thought of regarding the woman at the well.

  11. Probably thr five husbands is a kind of irony from Jesus, it has to do not with formers husbands of the woman but with the own history of the kingdom of the north, conquered by asirian empire that caused the displacemenmt of jewish population and the settlement of five different people that came from five different we can call nations.

  12. There are similar problems with the contemporary view of the woman caught in adultery, “the very act” of it. They ask Jesus if the woman should be stoned. My question has been: where’s the man? You cannot be caught in adultery and be alone. The Old Testament proscribed stoning for both parties, not just one. I believe that Jesus (of course) knew that.

  13. Thank you for your insight to this passage. I remember many years ago during a difficult decision I was drawn to the account. Reading it and praying about why I was drawn. Along with knowing the typical Western understanding I was amazed that I was seeing something quite different. Now reading this I can quite boldly suggest what I was seeing was what the Lord had for me to see. As I have often said a true relationship with the Lord is experience not knowledge. This reading as confirmed my strength in that belief. Thank you

  14. Very interesting Dr. Eyzenberg. For many years I have taught the traditional view about this woman’s loose lifestyle. Now I will have to rethink and re-teach this passage with this new insight considered. I may have to ask forgiveness from this woman for depicting her in a bad light all these years. Thanks for providing an alternative insight that makes perfect sense. Shalom.

  15. Your article has encouraged me to attempt to use traditions and rituals (my doctrinal taboos) to understand the scriptures. Soo could a well represent a place of a betrothal scene (Jacob met Rachel at a well). If so, I am wondering if the Judean traditions, rituals, and legends were meant to keep Ioudaios from marrying Samaritan women.

  16. Dr Eli, Is the woman in the previous photo your wife? If so I would very much like to wish you a Mazel Tov! Also? Please let me know when I would qualify for a certificate in your Judaic Studies signed by yourself . I appreciate very much your course but I am afraid the amount I can donate for now is limited to the course payment , since I am only a student. With kind regards to you and yours? Daniella TovyAmsel

  17. What’s always made me wonder is what Jesus said to the Pharisees, that He didn’t come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners. And yet St. Paul in his epistle to the Romans, he writes that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. How then can Jesus go to the tax collectors, people involved in sexual sins, etc, calling them to repentance, but not addressing the Pharisees and Sadducees who were also sinners, but Jesus never approached any of them.

    • It’s probably because they didn’t see themselves as being sinful, but holy and sanctified because in their mind they were keeping the external law, but obviously not walking inwardly with the Author of the law.

    • Matthew 23:37-39. “…..How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. (Jesus is speaking directly to the Teachers of the Law & Pharisees here). He did indeed try & approach them on numerous occasions- they would not listen. “For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:39). A most important passage for Jewish teachers of the Law. IMO.

      • Yeshua did confront the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes and all who knew the law, but were hypocritical in their application of it. They were applying the letter of the law but not the spirit of it. They were placing heavy burdens on people. They were outwardly pious but inwardly far from G-d in their hearts. The did everything to be seen by man and to have prestige. They knew better that is why Yeshua rebuked them.

        • This is definitely part of what was going on, but not all of it. They were adding to God’s instructions (which, realistically, we do every time we make our own “fence” to help us understand and obey a vague instruction or one that does not map exactly to our culture), but were elevating their own rulings and traditions above the instructions of God. Handwashing, not entering the house of a gentile, not picking up your sleeping mat, etc. are some of the most obvious examples.

  18. The sixth hour is mentioned twice in John, when He met the woman at the well (John4:6) and when Jesus was delivered to Pilate in the morning at the sixth hour (John 19:14 ). The sixth hour in John when Jesus was delivered to Pilate has to be around 6:00am and the other sixth hour must have been around 6:00pm because Jesus was “wearied from His journey.” The only reasonable conclusion one can make is that these times are given using Roman time as it would be very confusing if the terminology was to change within the same book.

  19. Very very insightful. I am very drawn to the “vessel” and the bones of Joseph nearby. I’m also very interested in the fact that the Samaritans had no problem believing her when she told them about Jesus. I believe that if she was a loose woman people would have avoided her. Your account of her keeping to herself sound plausible…made me think of Naomi and Ruth.

  20. Hello Dr Eli, I think your interpretation is much more likely true than the traditional Christian interpretation regarding the Samaritan woman. It seems to me that when persons receive words of knowledge about a person, seldom is sin involved ( but it happens ). The point God makes in those cases is that He identifies with the person on a very personal level and is not attempting to shame the person. If the woman was of a poor reputation her natural reaction to being shamed by a Jewish man would have been to bristle with indignation. This never happened.

  21. This is a very interesting and enlightening theory of the Samaritan woman. She must have had some influence in her village and if she were a sinner the people would have avoided her. Jesus called himself by God’s ‘Moses reference’…God replied to Moses, on Mount Sinai; “I AM THAT, I AM!”, when Moses asked how he should refer to God? I insert a comma in “I AM THAT, I AM” because I think something was lost in the interpretation.

  22. Dr. Eli, I to have come across this same idea from others (some years ago ) & I am inclined to the thought that it is bias to automatically say she is to be taken as a person of “Ill repute”. It sounds like the ministers who make such assumptions need to do some homework. The assumption that she “must” be of “ill repute” seems to be more about following some ones oppinion rather than study the known reality of other peoples times, cultures, & customs. Thank you Dr. Ile. Your friend Dr. Col

  23. I liked the gentle way you presented the woman / the explanation given for why she was the way she was and of course the always kind manner in which our Lord Jesus addresses issues of the heart. Looking at things from the Jewish perspective does indeed give a better understanding of the Bible. Thanks and blessings in Christ Jesus.

  24. Eli, I so look forward to your sage comments and insights. They always (big word) seem to open up my mind to deeper thinking. I once was at a gathering which included some of the learned men of prophecy. One was Dr. John Walvoord (Things to Come Author). I was fortunate enough to have him at my evening meal table. In the discussion, one of those seated with us ask: John, what is the first thing you are going to do when you get to Heaven? His comment was priceless. He stated he would enroll in Prophecy 101. Interesting Insight!

  25. If the statement “the man you are now living with is not your husband” merely refers to a biological male relative, then it would be true of any single woman in that day would it not? taken in the context of what would be normally understood, I find it more logical to think that she had a man in the position of a husband to whom she was not legally married. also we should remember the point at which Yeshua asked her to “go bring your husband”. I am however grateful for and respectful of Dr. Eli’s insights.

  26. I wonder if another possible explanation for the “man not her husband” could be an employer or master if husband # 5 sold her into slavery to pay a debt? Thoughts?

  27. Very interesting insight into the Jewish background of this passage which greatly enhances the nourishment we can receive from it. Yeshu’a is the solution to every person’s situation and condition. He is truly our all-inclusive Saviour. However, are you not contradicting yourself Dr Eli when you criticise Christians who say the Bible is its own primary interpreter? After all, it is John himself who tells us that the encounter between our Lord and the suffering woman was by Jacob’s well.

  28. Sir, is it important to judge whether the Samaritan woman was of ill-repute? The purpose of Jesus’s words was not pointed in that direction. Before he said that, he referred to giving water that will allow a person to never thirst again. A woman having 5 husbands and living with someone else right now would know about “thirst”. Jesus offered a spiritual water to satisfy in the Truth to a woman who seems to have not had satisfaction in a very important way: marriage. He made is point clearly as is always the case.

  29. Dr. Eli, Thank you so much as you shine the light of the true meanings of Scriptures into the darkness. You illuminate incomplete teaching by those that layer unknowingly wrong teachings on top of misunderstanding the original text. Thank you for helping to free women of faith in the New testament and in our study, just as JESUS did in his actions and at Calvary and now by HIS HOLY SPIRIT.

  30. I question that “He told me all that I ever did” is linked to 5 husbands. Might J 4:39 be connected to “he will tell (angel/messenger) us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who SPEAK to you am he.” (J 4:25-26). Is Jesus giving his testimony, sending angels? I question this because J 4:40-41 says the town believed based on her testimony, but later says, “And many more believed because of his Logos.” There is a similar problem in Rev 1:9 “because of the word (logon) of God and the testimony of Jesus. How does Jesus SPEAK to us?

  31. Jesus was only half Jewish. The other half (if you can call it only half) was Cosmic – derived from his Father in heaven. Therefore he can be the Saviour and Messiah for all mankind.

  32. Thank you Dr. Eli. This is a very beautiful understanding of this passage. I always wondered how a woman of ill repute could have so much influence on the beliefs of her community. The connections drawn between Jacob (a beleaguered man of anguish who wrestled all night with the Angel of the Lord), Joseph (a man full of trials, tribulations and hardships), Yeshua (a Man of sorrow) and this Samaritan woman of sorrow is outstanding. All four are connected to the well, a temporary respite. Jacob, a beleaguered man gave this well of respite to his beleaguered son, Joseph…

    • I agree that the scene in this passage could very well not be about the depiction of sin but about the ascendency of going from one level of glory to a higher level of glory of respite from the troubles of life’s journey. Jacob passed a well of temporary respite down to his descendants. The Samaritan woman, (tired from her life’s journey) sought this temporary respite of provision from Jacob (Jacob’s well). Yeshua (tired from His journey) offered her a higher level (glory) of respite that was permanent from her troubles by offering her Yeshua, the Eternal Well of Salvation.

  33. I’ve read that line about being near Joseph’s field before, I can’ remember if it ever struck me as anything more than geographical commentary. To quote “Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph”. I suppose I never thought about where he would have been buried when he was brought back from Egypt long after his death. I would never have connected Joseph (suffering) saving his people with the samaritan woman (suffering) saving her village.

  34. Did you know that the Samaritan woman is the reincarnated Consolacion Oroga? This was revealed to us (plural) by the spirit of Ama. According to Him, we were born with new mothers, that we have lived before as males and females. That is how good God is. We were given the chance to live again. But this maybe our last incarnation on earth. So we better repent now and become better.

  35. Thanks Dr. Eli for presenting us with the cultural background between Jesus and his discussion with the Samaritan woman. Oral traditions routinely paints this woman as a harlot and/or kept female with multiple (deep) character defects and unresolved emotional/mental/physical issues; however, the main emphasis, Jesus’s confrontation of her life experiences, revealing to her that he was the (Messiah), and albeit…interaction with her as an (individual), have never been fully explained as you have in this article. Culturally, many facets of the discussion are provided that bring light and understanding. Thanks, so much for sharing!!

  36. We must remember there will be a change in this woman and for the towns people an obvious and very transparent change. Jesus attracted the crowds not the woman. Something happened to this woman that was observable. Wherever Jesus went crowds pressed in on Him. I find the timing very challenging as it has challenged my vague concept of timing. I understood always between 6th hour and 9th hour to be between 12 noon and 3 pm giving time for Jesus to be buried around sunset. Thank you for helping me to look more closely at this.

  37. I have always encouraged others to pray, seek the Lord in all matters, and accept no man’s word as fact concerning the Bible without having done so. Your lessons continue to bring this home to me. The traditions passed down by many ‘Christians’ do not line up with the facts. It is only in understanding the who, when, what, and where of the time period that we can read and understand what the complete truth is. God Bless you, Rose

  38. Good point. It’s very easy to jump the gun and interpret that she’s living with someone else’s husband now.

  39. Are there any Hebrew meanings in the words “us” and “all things” that our English language misses in John 4:25-26? I see that John 4:29 uses similar words “me” “all things”. I can’t tell if it is a clue or not in English.

  40. Dr. Eli, I read thru as many comments as I have time for, but saw no one ask what I need to understand more clearly. So my question is: can you please clarify your comment: [Note: The Gospel of John does not use the same timekeeping system as the other Gospels. … John follows the Roman reckoning of time where the “sixth hour” refers to the sixth hour after midnight or, as in this case, the sixth hour after noon.] The part I don’t understand is “the sixth hour after noon”. Do you mean 6pm? Todah in advance, for clarification.

  41. I was excortiated on Facebook because I made mention Jesus didn’t use a sin-focused methodology with the Samaritan Woman. 🙂 More evidence. Thank you. Tv

  42. There is a book you might be interested in reading called “Journey to the Well” which is about this woman. Of course it’s fiction, but who knows?? The author is Diana Wallis Taylor.

  43. I fail to see why this matters, Dr. Eli. We all know that she was a sinner, until the Savior touched her life. “…all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of G-d.” The only sin which is unforgivable, is the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit–which I have always taken to be the insistence that what is good is evil and what is, in fact, evil, is good. Whether she was a woman of ill-repute or a woman of suffering matters little to us–since she is a sinner saved by grace, just like us.

  44. I see in Ezekiel 37:12 that the LORD said he would bring His people back to Israel. Are the bones of Joseph part of the fulfillment of this prophecy (Matt 27:52)?

  45. Back in the 1990s, a friend of mine and I did a skit about the woman at the well at women’s meetings. The basis of my teaching was that the Samaritan woman was a misunderstood woman. She was not a woman of ill repute, or a woman prostitute, which is the way most men preachers teach she was. Since that time, I have heard twice now that someone else taught the same thing. One was Mrs. T.L. Osborne whose husband was a family charismatic missionary based out of Tulsa. And now you. Thanks.

  46. Your December 2017 article with the same title differed in significant ways – including the timing of the well meeting. In 2017 you said it occurred “in the midday heat (the sixth hour is about noon).” Now you adopt a different reckoning entirely: “she comes to the well towards evening,” with a bracketed note stating that John used “Roman time.” The evidence of John 11:9, John 4:52, and 1:39 indicate that John used Jewish time. The NRSV converted all ‘hour’ times in John – including John 19:14 – to Roman (our) time and got it right.

  47. Dr.Eli Sir – I have one question with regard to the 6th hour. You say that in John’s account of this story the 6th hour would be nearing sunset. In that case how would you reconcile Matthew’s accounting of the time of Yeshua’s crucifixion which states that – from the 6th hour there was darkness over all the land unto the 9th hour. This could not be 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. because then there would be no need to say that ‘there was darkness’ – it would be naturally dark isn’t it?

  48. Thanks Dr Eli for your insights. If we consider Jewish time, it would be 12 noon — which in a way supported the popular theory that the woman was of ill-repute and avoided other women by coming to draw water in the noon. Roman time would set it at 6am or 6pm, which would support the idea that Jesus is tired after walking and disciples have gone to town to fetch food and find lodging for night. Historically, a well is a meeting place of a future bride — for Issac, Jacob and Moses. Jesus Christ is the divine bridegroom.

  49. Jesus Christ embraces and takes the love of father to everyone — sinners, untouchables, outcasts, pagans. If we take the idea that gospel of John was written from a perspective of resurrection, here the evangelist is using a story to show that post-resurrection even Samaritans came to the belief

    • Absolutely The important issue -that even Samaritans (outcasts, people despised) are not beyond Christs love and what has somewhat gone missing in the discussion is the few critical verses (Joh 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Joh 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee AM HE. and her realisation :Joh 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: IS NOT THIS THE CHRIST? Joh 4:30 Then they went out of the city,

  50. Greetings from the Fiji Islands, Love your posts Dr. Eli, just a question, Wasn’t the 5 husbands referring to the 5 books of Moses and when they came back from bondage came back with pagan worship they were practicing thus the comment the current husband was not their real husband or how they should worship? The woman in sin signifying the state of life of the people then?

  51. shalom Dr,ELI. your labor in GODS vine yard will be rewarded. keep the effort up. i love so much reading our brothers comments. thanks you, my comment on the Samaritan woman .she was a repentant sinner who believe the gospel of the kingdom of GOD of isreal.she was either made to sin by her first husband or she divorced her first husband to marry another which is not allowed according to the word of GOD,

  52. The jewish people treated Samaritans like poison , I learned somewhere, Here Jesus is actually walking on Samaritan soil that was carefully avoided by other jews and talking to a Samaritan. Did it not become Holy ground because of that ? , could that also have something to do with her heart and mind opened to His eternal truth and her witness to her community?

  53. Is the “gift of God” in any way symbolic of peace (make your peace with me) like the customs and manners of Israelite wells in Isaiah 36:16?

  54. I am surprised that on one has raised the issue that the artist has painted a picture of “God”. Isn’t this forbidden by the Second Commandment?

    • Hi Virgil. To what are you referring in this painting? The Second Commandment does prohibit making “graven images” but this has to do with the issue of worshipping these objects as God. Additionally, we need to remember that Jesus had a physical body – which means its possible to portray what he looked like.

  55. Thank you Dr Eli, again another great topic it’s interesting how western mindset has possibly been indoctrinated to a point by the use of artwork that has followed some of these issues. May I enquire as to your comment, Afro-Asian Israelite that we know for sure. I have often given thought to this, but could never find any conclusive evidence. your thoughts would be great. Blessings.

  56. I find it more significant that it was Jacob’s well, than that it was near Joseph’s tomb. If I remember right, wells were dug, then taken over by others, and new wells were then dug, in the days of Isaac and Jacob. Could that relate to this woman’s husbands either divorcing her or dying, and then her need to find another man? Your take on this is interesting; either interpretation is consistent with Jesus’ character and mission. More important here is when she spoke of the long awaited Messiah, and then Jesus told her that he was the Messiah.

  57. According to the spirit of Ama, the Samaritan woman was one of the seven who attended the burial of Jesus in the sepulcher.

  58. Dr Eli, Afro-Asian Israelite that we know for sure. could you possibly expand on this? it would be of great value to me. I love your blogs and find most of them enlightening. Blessings.

    • Hello Noel, It appears very few are aware of the Behistan Rock and the messages inscribed for the world to see, as they would rather believe in delusions and the false scientists of today with genetics, also totally ignore ” the Extremely Fair description of Moses” and of other Is-ra-lites to arrive at a consensis.

  59. Tjis is a great revelation, all the years of knowing a out this Samariran womanvI had knew something is missing, in my own study I do call this chapter of John , “The Lady of Shemeron. Instead of nailing hercto a cross Yeshua makes her free and alive.

  60. Thank you Dr Eli. I always share the Samaritan woman story in doing the Great Commission wherever I go or am. Have a better uderstanding of it. Be blessed. Adele/ Jakarta

  61. I’ve always been hurt at how many of the women we see in the Bible — the way we are taught about them — somehow are always the worst sinners ever… like the Samaritan Woman. Why should the default position have been that she was a woman of ill-repute? How is it that for so long, this woman was portrayed in such a negative light? Ah, patriarchy! Thank God for Jesus! I am very grateful to Dr Eli for shedding new light on this particular scripture. It’s made me see all the Bible’s women — even myself — differently.

  62. I have to wonder if the “role of Biblical women (“a helper who is against him”)” is an explanation of the connection to both the 5 husbands and why the community (relatives?) trusted her witness.

  63. The ancient and modern Bibles do not disclose much detail about the Samaritan woman, but going back to the event in time, spiritually it is clear that it stands out as one the greatest events of Jesus ministry and prelude once more to the great teaching, ‘The Sermon on the Mount.’ Her real name was Irhael and she ultimately married the physician Joram who was caring for her in the house that Jacob build for his son Joseph, in the city Sychar. Sychar was close to a little village that Jacob gave to his son on his birthday. It is

  64. We are able to make wrong choices, give wrong teachings and wrong interpretation of the Word that leads to suffering and bondage if we only rely on our own understanding and knowledge. The only way we can overcome it is by the Holy Spirit (as teacher, comforter and helper) empowering us to overcome and walk in the perfect love of God, entering into our lifes through Jesus Christ and His abiding presence. The Word is too powerful and alive just to be left to our own individual understanding and knowledge.

  65. The ancient and modern Bibles do not disclose much detail about the Samaritan woman, but going back to the event in time, spiritually it is clear that it stands out as one the greatest events of Jesus ministry and prelude once more to the great teaching, ‘The Sermon on the Mount,’ which lasted for about three hours at the foot of mount Gerizim and was reduced to writing by Matthew and three other scribes on the Saviour’s instruction.

  66. Sychar was close to a little village that Jacob gave to his son on his birthday. It is clear the little village was mostly inhabited by shepherds and Jacob received it with Rachel, his wife as dowry. Jesus departed Judaea at 04H00 am, walking without rest and arrived at exactly 12 noon, at the ancient Jacob’s well, which was situated 40 paces in front of the little village in the direction of Sychar. The large parts of the conversation that took place at the well was not recorded deliberately as once the spirit of truth is poured out over flesh

  67. It’s a sad but true fact that misogynism and anti-Semitism crept into the New Testament at about the same time in history, largely because of the so-called “Church Fathers” who were not originally Jews at all, but lived in Egypt and Yemen and such places. Women began to be deliberately shut out of the Bible. It was Pope Gregory the Great in the last half of the 6th century AD, for instance, who labeled Mary of Magdala a prostitute, a label that has stuck to her since and been amplified in art and literature ever since.

  68. You explain that John appears to use Jewish time in this story and the other gospels use roman time…Please explain how you came to that conclusion…

  69. Thank you for this explanation. I should have thought about the fact that women had no say in divorce in that time so she could not be responsible for the 5 husbands. Having been widowed twice I should know that women were often widowed due to wars and illness. Most of all, Yeshua said he did not come to condemn but to save. Shalom

  70. Very interesting view. However it is hard to accept that Jesus was referring to a “gowra”, when he said “The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” (John 4:17-18).” Jesus was making a point when he said “the msn you have now”.

  71. Jesus (Yahushua) said to her, “Go and sin no more”. Why would He say that if she was not in a sinful situation. Your theory is not factual. Pure speculation. You are misleading people.

  72. Dr. Eli,

    The reunification of Israel with the Samaritans was a key component of Messianic prophecy (Ez. 37:15-28). We see this prophecy fulfilled in the Acts of the Apostles as the Samaritans come into to the fold of the people of God, the church. We see from John’s account, that this woman played a key role in preparing the way for this reunification.

  73. I have grasped a number of truths I hadn’t held before. “for you have had five HUSBANDS” We erroneously see five different men hence whoring and not the suffering woman before the Lord and deserving mercy. It’s a ploy of the devil to subvert the gospel to seem to encourage us in our sin. Since we may reason if He was thus lenient with such a sinful woman……… Thanks for bringing our attention to the key word and the various scenarios that could have led to the loss of the husbands.

  74. Thank you for this insight. I am preparing to teach my ladies Bible study this passage. This is going to bring such freshness to the lesson. I know there will be lots of questions and oohs and aahs of I never thought of that.

  75. I had understood 6th hour as 12 noon since a Jewish day is calculated from 6am to 6pm. Women came to the well in groups at evenings and a loner would come at odd times to avoid hearing unwanted comments.

  76. I believe it’s about worship the LORD God in Spirit & in truth at any place. For which, we need God’s Holy Spirit to be in Christ & we need the truth the word of God. (It’s every word that come out of the mouth of God according to the Lord.). For which, we need to be in the hearing of the word of Christ the Gospel to be saved by grace of Christ the unmerited favor of God & the word of God the truth which come w the Lord Jesus, Son of God. Very Grateful!

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