Jews and Samaritans
Because of their defective devotion to Judaism and their partly pagan ancestry,
the Samaritans were despised by ordinary Jews. Because the Samaritans were
sometimes hostile, and also the fact that a Jew believed that he could become
contaminated by passing through Samaritan territory, Jews who were traveling
from Judea to Galilee or vice versa would cross over the Jordan river and avoid
Samaria by going through Transjordan, and cross back over the river again once
they had reached their destination.
of Samaria in NT Times
The Samaritans often taunted the Jews. They rejected all of the Old Testament
except the Pentateuch, and they claimed to have an older copy than the Jews and
boast that they observe the precepts better.
The Jews repaid them with hatred. They rejected the Samaritan copy of the law
and publicly denounced that Samaritans were of any Jewish birth (John 4:12).
- The Samaritan was publicly cursed in their synagogues.
- He could not serve as a witness in the Jewish courts.
- He could not be converted to Judaism as a proselyte.
- He was excluded from the after life."
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