RE: [John_Lit] Jews again
- About the common origin of Jews and Samaritans:
Personally I believe that they share a common origin, but many Jews in
John's time did not believe so, or did not want to believe so. They based on
2 Kings 17,24-41, and held that the five foreign ethnic groups deported into
the Samaria region by the Assyrians were the actual origin of the Samaritans
of Jesus' days. That is why the Samaritans, as Josephus tells us, used to be
called Cutheans by the Jews.
I hold that John by telling the story of the Samaritan woman in terms of the
wooing stories of Genesis 24 and 29 (about finding a bride in faraway land
which at the same time is not foreign, but ancestral ground) shows that he
holds Jews and Samaritans to share a common offspring, but this in itself
might be a polemical stand against those Jewish circles that denied the
Isrealite identity of the Samaritans.
Piet van Veldhuizen