A Quaker Reading of John 4:1-42

The Postmodern Quaker

John 4 by Jerome Nadal, S.J.

INTRODUCTION

Whether or not John 4:1-42, a story of an encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well, recounts an historical event, it is rich in teaching and presents multiple possibilities to the exegete. My interest lies in reading the text from a traditional Quaker perspective, which stresses scripture as pointer to inward reality and asserts that the living Christ, not the scripture, is the “Word” of God;1 accordingly, I will emphasize the pericope’s overall theme of the offer and direct revelation, to people outside of normative Judaism and indeed beyond all religious systems, of the Spirit of God, a Spirit received not through a religious tradition but in encounter with the living Christ.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT 

Although the Samaritan people thought of themselves as keepers of the Mosaic Law (Torah), Jews…

View original post 4,869 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s