The Samaritans
The SamaritansIndex to the Samaritans

Jesus and the Samaritans


During the ministry of Jesus Christ, there were three Samaritans who stand prominent:

The Good Samaritan

The Samaritan Leper

The Samaritan Woman at the Well

The good Samaritan showed exceeding kindness by doing as much as he possibly could by helping his neighbor who was in need.

The Samaritan leper, when he realized he was healed, immediately went to Jesus, glorified God and gave thanks, is an outstanding example of gratitude.

The Samaritan woman at Jacobís well listened to Jesus and believed what He told her. Then she went to tell others about Him.

Jesus went out of His way to show that Samaritans were among those who exercised compassion, gratefulness and faith. They were hated by the Jews but what Christ came for was much more important than their walls of separation.

Jesus said "I have come to seek and to save that which was lost" and His message of the "gospel" (good news) was one that would penetrate far deeper than man had ever seen before.

Jesus would not submit to the tyranny of those who were closing the door to God. Jesus came preaching the kingdom of God, and Judaism had become a dead system of works that blinded men from the truth and placed heavy burdens on Godís sheep.

The ministry of Christ began with the Jews and yet He excluded no one. He ministered to Samaritans, to gentiles and to anyone who was willing to believe the truth.

To understand what Jesus thought about the Samaritans, and the attitude of Jesus to the lost, is to understand Godís heart for mankind. No one is excluded, and no matter how lost they seem, and how deep sin has entered into their lives Jesus loves them and He came to die for their sins.


The Samaritans

 The Samaritans

"If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." (John 4:10)


The Samaritans in the Bible

bib9.jpg In the New Testament the Samaritans were considered inhabitants of the district of Samaria. (see Map). They descended from the exchange of population effected by the Assyrians after their conquest of the Northern Kingdom in 722 B.C. Pursuing their policy of transferring conquered peoples, the Assyrians deported many of the original inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom and replaced them with a mixture of people from the east: from Babylon, Avva, Hamath, Sepharvaim and Cuth (deriving from the latter, the Samaritans are often referred to in rabbinic literature as Cuthim).


Who Were They?
Brief History
The Northern Kingdom
The Assyrians
The Captivity
A Mixed Race
Their Religion
The Samaritan Pentateuch
Jews and Samaritans
Intertestamental Period
New Testament Samaritans
Jesus and the Samaritans
Historical Quotes
Modern Samaritans


The Samaritans

Bible History Online

The Story of the Bible

© Bible History Online (




Related Content