Thursday, March 13, 2014
The FIRST evangelist was a WOMAN
Significance of the Passage:
The traditional reading of the narrative, which puts emphasis on the Samaritan woman as a "sinful woman," perhaps a prostitute, or at least a sexually loose woman, distracts us from seeing several of its significant features:
1) this is the longest dialogue which Jesus has with anyone in all four gospels;
2) Jesus reveals himself as Messiah for the first time to this woman;
3) here Jesus crosses boundaries and breaks barriers of race/ caste, culture/ ethnicity, religion/ faith, and challenges gender stereotypes.
4) the Samaritan woman herself emerges as a real person.