A journal of academic theology

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (Jn 4:1-42) in Africa

The author reads the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman (Jn 4:1–42) in light of social ills afflicting African society today. She first highlights the rejection, prejudice, and isolation of the two main characters in their own contexts, and their contribution to John’s account of how the woman leads her village to the “living water” of faith in Jesus. Finally she examines what John’s Jesus of Galilee and the Samaritan woman have in common and might have to say to Africa today.