Known For: Samaria was the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel; In the days of Christ, the relationship between the Jews and the Samaritans was strained because of deep-rooted prejudice.
It was in their land, on the top of a mountain. Jews and Samaritans hated each other. Most Jews would not travel through Samaria . They went by a longer route to avoid Samaria and any contact with Samaritans .
It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans .)
According to the Hebrew Bible, the Israelites captured the region known as Samaria from the Canaanites and assigned it to the Tribe of Joseph. After the death of King Solomon (c. 931 BC), the northern tribes, including those of Samaria , separated from the southern tribes and established the separate Kingdom of Israel.
Zeno then took for himself Mount Gerizim, where the Samaritans worshiped God , and built several edifices, among them a tomb for his recently deceased son, on which he put a cross, so that the Samaritans, worshiping God , would prostrate in front of the tomb. Later, in 484, the Samaritans revolted.
By 1919, there were only 141 Samaritans left. Today they number more than 800, with half living in Holon (south of Tel Aviv) and the other half on the mountain. They’re one of the world’s oldest and smallest religious groups and their songs are among the most ancient in the world.
40 So when they came to him, they asked him to make a stay with them. He stayed there two days, 41 and many more believed in him because of his own word; 42 and they said to the woman: ‘Our belief no longer rests on your report; we have heard him our- selves, and we know the truth: this is the Saviour of the world.
Samaria , also called Sebaste, modern Sabasṭiyah, ancient town in central Palestine. It is located on a hill northwest of Nāblus in the West Bank territory under Israeli administration since 1967.
Samaria , Hebrew Shomron, the central region of ancient Palestine. Samaria extends for about 40 miles (65 km) from north to south and 35 miles (56 km) from east to west. It is bounded by Galilee on the north and by Judaea on the south; on the west was the Mediterranean Sea and on the east the Jordan River.
Saint Veronica , by Hans Memling , c. 1470. Saint Veronica , also known as Berenike, was a woman from Jerusalem who lived in the 1st century AD, according to extra-biblical Christian sacred tradition.
Gentile , person who is not Jewish. The word stems from the Hebrew term goy, which means a “nation,” and was applied both to the Hebrews and to any other nation. The plural, goyim, especially with the definite article, ha-goyim, “the nations,” meant nations of the world that were not Hebrew .
Jesus said that we need a second birth — a spiritual birth — if we were going to become a part of God’s family. Jesus said, “No one can enter the Kingdom of God (God’s family) unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but spirit gives birth to Spirit.
Religious significance Jacob’s Well is mentioned by name once in the New Testament in a passage (John 4:5–6) which says that Jesus “came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the field which Jacob gave to his son Joseph. (John 4:7–15) The site is counted as a Christian holy site.
Samaria (Hebrew: Shomron) is mentioned in the Bible in 1 Kings 16:24 as the name of the mountain on which Omri, ruler of the northern Israelite kingdom in the 9th century BCE, built his capital, naming it also Samaria .
During the three-year siege of Samaria in the territory of Ephraim by the Assyrians, Shalmaneser V died and was succeeded by Sargon II, who himself records the capture of that city thus: ” Samaria I looked at, I captured; 27,280 men who dwelt in it I carried away” into Assyria.