BibleWorm

Episode 324 The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42)

January 23, 2022

This week, BibleWorm reads John 4:1-42, a story of Jesus’s encounter with a Samaritan woman. What starts off as an almost comical “Who’s on first” kind of scene, where the woman and Jesus seem to be speaking right past each other, ends with a gorgeous and profound and HUGE statement from this woman – that Jesus may be not just the messiah as the biblical tradition has understood that, but the savior of the world. Our reading moves freely between the metaphorical, metaphysical, and truly just plain sense. These are two humans who are working past social norms. And the element of the conversation that captures her imagination is not lofty metaphor. But it’s enough. And when it comes down to it, enough is …. enough.

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