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The Woman at the Well – Discussion Questions
- At what point in the dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman does she come to believe in him? What convinces her?
- What happens to the Jew/Samaritan conflict throughout their conversation? What is the purpose of including the detail of her ethnicity in the story?
- How would you characterize the different parts of the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman? Is it angry? Playful? Curious? What clues in the text indicate the tone(s)?
- Re-imagine the dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman as, rather than being at a well in a faraway land, happening at a local bar. Do the romantic implications of the setting enhance your understanding of the text? Are they uncomfortable? Why or why not?
- We may consider the Samaritan woman to be a vulnerable person; she has had to marry five times and now lives with a man who is not her husband. If Jesus were encountering someone similarly vulnerable today, whom would he meet?
- The woman comes to believe in Jesus after a very short conversation. What would Jesus need to say to you (or what secrets would he need to know about you) to make you believe him to be the Messiah?