Lesson 105: THE SAMARITAN WOMAN AT THE WELL
Updated: Oct 18, 2021
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INTRODUCTION. Over 700 years before Jesus was born, the ten northern tribes of Israel were conquered by the very powerful and fierce nation of Assyria. The Assyrians took many Israelites captive and carried them to other lands which they had conquered. Then the Assyrians brought other peoples that they had conquered to Israel to live. These foreigners married the Israelites that had been left in the land which resulted in a mixed race of people. These people of mixed race were called Samaritans, and there was much hatred between them and the Jews.
Near the base of Mt. Gerizim in Samaria is a well. Although the Old Testament does not mention when Jacob dug this well, both Jewish and Christian tradition associate the well with the patriarch Jacob. Today a chapel has been built over the well.