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5 thoughts on “Jesus meets the woman of Samaria by a well in John 4 video discussion”
(Perhaps make the reference to Chris Knight’s (excellent) piece a clickable link?)
If the woman became a genuine believer, then she was converted by faith in Jesus being the Christ (or Messiah).
I think James is right to allude the profound significance of the Greek ‘ego eimi’ in John 4:26, because it may well provide the interpretative key to the other Johannine, absolute uses of ‘ego eimi’ – at John 8:24, 28 , 58.
‘Ego eimi’ in John 4:4 clearly means ‘ I am the Messiah’ ( = ‘the One who is to come’, Luke 7:20).
In similar fashion, ‘ego eimi’ in John 8:24 and John 8:28, are also probably (Johannine) references to ‘the Messiah’ :
“…if ye believe not that I am the Messiah, ye shall die in your sins.’ (John 8:24; Worsley N.T.);
“When you lift the Son of Man (on the cross), you will know that I am the Christ…” (John 8:28; C.B. Williams N.T.)
In John 10:24 ‘the Jews’ asked Jesus to explicitly tell them if he was the Messiah. In John 10:25. Jesus replies that he had already done so – but where? The only answer seems to be in John 8:58, where again, ‘ego eimi’ may well mean “I am the Messiah”. The disbelieving Jews in John 8:59 attempted to stone Jesus because they saw him as a false prophet (cf. John 8:48; Deut. 13:1-5).
Finally, the original conclusion of John’s Gospel at John 20:31, states that the author’s whole purpose is that :
” these things are written that, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.”
“‘Ego eimi’ at John 4:26 clearly means ‘I am the Messiah’…”
In Orthodox tradition the woman is known as St Photini. She and her family were early matyrs. http://www.st-marymagdalene.org/parish-blog/2020/5/20/the-amazing-story-of-st-photini-and-her-family
There are many stories about her. It is striking that while she is greatly honoured in Orthodox tradition she has been vilified in Western tradition