“Jesus had to go through Samaria” (John 4:4). A wilderness exists between them. The answer is, he didn’t. Through Samaria. By Lisle Gwynn Garrity Inspired by John 4:5-42 Graphic Image Third Week of Lent. Political map of Palestine during New Testament times, when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea and Herod was Tetrarch of Galilee (Luke 3:1). Now it must be noted that the Jews avoided Samaria and saw the Samaritans as outcasts who were not to be trusted. 4 And He had to pass through Samaria. Now as to the country of Samaria, it lies between Judea and Galilee; it begins at a village that is in the great plain called Ginea, and ends at the Acrabbene toparchy, and is entirely of the same nature with Judea; for both countries are made up of hills and valleys, and are moist enough for agriculture, and are very fruitful.

3 He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. May 14, 2009. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. Why?

Samaria— Religiously, ethnically, and when you throw in a Samaritan woman, gender-ly different. Prior, Supreme Council, 33° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Canada THE GREAT BOOK TELLS us in John 4: 3-4 that Jesus "left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. Even more surprising, Jesus stopped at a well around noon and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. Major Text: John 4:5-45. John writes that Jesus “had” to go through Samaria to get from Judea to Galilee – and if you look at a map of the area, that seems totally logical. It’s not clear whether Jesus himself chose to go there but once he left Judea and started back to Galilee “he had to go through Samaria.” Have you ever been to Samaria? Georgraphy helps us understand this story. Here he talks with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well – a well dug by the Jewish patriarch Jacob on land he purchased near Shechem and gave to Joseph (see Genesis 33:18-19 & 48:21-22). 7 There came Jewish men did not speak to women in public. Jews travelling between Galilee and Judea would take the longer, six-day journey along the Jordan River valley rather than taking a shorter, more direct route through Samaria. The easiest and quickest way to get to Galilee from Judea was to go due north right through Samaria. It was about the sixth hour. Includes roads traveled. The verse prior to the one cited in the question (John 4:3) indicates that Jesus was going north from Judea (where Jerusalem was located) to Galilee (where Jesus and most of the apostles were from). PASSAGE THROUGH SAMARIA ILL. REV. There was Galilee in the north, Samaria in the middle, and Judea in the south. So it can't be from Jerusalem (city) to Samaria. There was another route he could have taken. There was Galilee in the north, Samaria in the middle, and Judea in the south. Jesus broke down barriers when He traveled to Galilee by way of Samaria. A. LORNE MACKAY, 33° Past Active and Past Gr.