Galina Stele

serves as a research assistant in the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research of the General Conference.

At the Well

Are you thirsty?

At noontime Jesus sat at Jacob’s well. Jews did not usually pass through Samaria to get to Galilee from Jerusalem; they preferred to go around it. But Jesus’ actions have their own reasons.

Jacob’s well sat at the entrance of a valley with about 80 springs of water, a pearl of the Promised Land full of grass, flowers, plums, nuts, figs, pomegranates, oranges, and grapes—a valley of beauty, history, and theological significance. Gerizim and Ebal rose from it, mountains that were the site of Israel’s covenant renewal after they crossed the Jordan river (Deut. 27:12, 13). Its cities of Sychar and Shechem were historic …

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