She had to go to the well alone every day in the scorching, midday sun. The women in the town went together in the morning when it was cool. It was their social time, enjoying one another’s company, chatting, laughing, swapping stories.
But this day, when she arrived at the well a stranger, whom she recognized as a Jew, greeted her. “Will you give me a drink?” The Savior of the World asked her.
The tension begins.
Men did not usually associate with women in social settings. And Jews did not associate with Samaritans. The Samaritans embraced a religion that was a mixture of Judaism and idolatry. Because the Israelite inhabitants of Samaria had intermarried with…
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