John 4:9 (NASB)

"Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

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    This is just one article, but it may help. blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_1319.cfm
    – Michael
    May 23 '19 at 22:51
  • Also, the Orthodox Jewish Bible says (For those who are Yehudim do not associate with those of Shomron) [EZRA 4:3-6; 9:1-10:44]
    – Michael
    May 23 '19 at 23:14
  • Piggybacking on Michael's reference: Jews generally rejected contact with the Samaritans because of their mixed lineage, and their "denominational split" with the congregation at Jerusalem.
    – JDM-GBG
    May 25 '19 at 19:42

2 Kings 17:24 explains the origin of the Samaritans:

The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns.

They believed in the roles of prophets and usurped the religion of YHWH and disagreed with the Jews:

John 4:19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

They thought they had the true religion but Jesus disagreed:

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

They were also looking for the Messiah:

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Jesus showed himself to be the one they were looking for:

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

Why did the Jews refuse to have dealings with the Samaritans?

It was due to centuries of disagreements and misunderstanding between the two peoples on who had the true religion.

  • Tony Chan :+1 Correct ,in his instruction to his twelve apostles, Jesus drew a distinction between the Jew and the Samaritan, proving beyond all doubt that the Samaritans are not direct descendants of Abraham and Jacob, as they assert. Matt. 10:5-6 Sep 5 '20 at 19:19
  • True, that caused additional human conflicts between the two peoples. Thanks for the comment.
    – Tony Chan
    Sep 5 '20 at 19:35

We have many years of history and many explanations for this. The northern kingdom was taken captive to Assyria approx.160 years before Judah, the southern kingdom was taken captive to Babylon. See II Kings 23: 26-27.

God caused all of this to happen: Babylon had taken Assyria so by the time the 70 year captivity was coming to an end, all of God's people in what was Assyria and Babylon were given the chance by Darius to return to Jerusalem to build the second temple to their God.

About 10% went back to rebuild the second temple.

When Samaritans(the people who had not been taken to Babylon and had married non Jews) wanted to help rebuild the second temple were told they were not good enough to join the returning people to rebuild. This is what started the split that grew into such hatred that the non-Samaritans would not pass through Samaria. This hatred went on for 400 +/-years until Jesus did NOT go around Samaria (John 4:4), he needed to go through Samaria; He wanted to end this hatred!

Jesus came to save ALL who would believe on Him. Study the bible to know the truth. Do not believe everything that man has written about the bible. There is much being preached in American churches today that is of men and not of God. Remember that the books of the Bible are not arranged in chronological order. Some chapters of some books are even not chronological. Jesus said that until John the people had the profits and the law; but now all things are given unto Him.

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