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Question about John in the bible?

Asked by Earthflag (549 points ) October 2nd, 2011

I’ve been reading bible. I’m an atheist
but I want to know what others believe and why… So basically from john 4: 1–26, I want to ask and note questions: who, what, why, when, where, how? I can’t come up with many though. What are they? Can you also include verse reference regarding the source of the question? So I can check that out too

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@Earthflag, the John that is referred to is John The Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, his forerunner. The one sent to hearld His arrival. (You could read about the life and purpose of John the Baptist in early gospel of Luke.)

In passing through Samaria (a non Jewish country) Jesus stopped at Sychar. It was by then noon time and the sun was high – the group needed refreshment of water and food.

The Samaritan woman came out for her water at noon (an uncommon time to do such a thing because of the heat – others would be resting in the shade by this time of day.) But she came out at this time to avoid contact with those who jeered her for her many relationships with men.

Ancient Jews had many laws and boundaries of acceptablilties in all areas of life. The Samaritian woman would have been seen by any ordinary person born into Jewish society as unclean and not to be communicated with and not to eat or drink from their dishes. Jesus, however, in the best of ways, was trying to “set this woman up” in the sense that He really wanted to give her something – something very special: the gift of validating her and enlivening her spiritually. So, He begins by asking her for something – physical water. Their ensuing conversation and His ability to read her (what is called seer gift/prophetic knowledge) overwhelmed her.

To clarify more on verse 4 and 19 about Jacob and ancestors etc. The lineage as disclosed in Genesis is Abraham father Isaac who fathered Jacob. Jacob sired twelve children with four mothers. Two of these women were maid servants of the two official wives and the children he sired with them would not been considered ot the lineage of recognized ancestry that would lead to the eventual birth of Jesus. The Samaritan woman’s discourse about “our father Jacob” may be explained this way.

In the latter portions of the text from 21 to 26 we see some more clarification and Jesus asserts that in time to come a way will be made for ALL EVERYWHERE to recognize they are called to this great opportunity to worship God in Spirit and Truth. Meaning that the Kingdom of God will (when invited) come to reside in any person in the world who will accept His Gift of Redemption. Jesus actually goes so far as to proclaim to the Samaritan woman that He is the One she is talking about. This is significant that He actually spelled this out to her and that she became so excited she ran back to town and started freely telling others of what her experience had just been.

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Are you talking about, are you interested in information about John the Baptist or the Apostle John?

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