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The Samaritan Woman’s Story: Reconsidering John 4 after #Churchtoo

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Overview

Most Christians have heard a familiar description of the Samaritan woman in John 4: she was a sinner, an adulteress, even a prostitute. Throughout church history, the woman at the well has been seen narrowly in terms of her gender and marital history. What are we missing in the story? And what difference does our interpretation of this passage make for women and men in the church?

Caryn A. Reeder calls us to see the Samaritan woman in a different light. Beginning with the reception history of John 4, she pulls back layers of interpretation entangled with readers’ assumptions on women and sexuality. She then explores the story’s original context, describing life for women and expectations regarding marriage and divorce in the first century. With this clarified lens, Reeder's exegesis of the passage yields refreshing insights on what the Gospel says—and does not say—about the woman at the well.

Throughout the book, Reeder draws connections between interpretations of this text and the life of the church. The sexual objectification of the Samaritan woman and minimization of her positive contribution has ongoing consequences for how women are seen and treated—including in the failure of many Christian communities to respond well to accusations of abuse. In the age of #MeToo and #ChurchToo, The Samaritan Woman’s Story offers a bold challenge to teach the Bible in a way that truly honors the value and voices of women.

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  • Draws connections between interpretations of this text and the life of the church
  • Offers a bold challenge to teach the Bible in a way that truly honors the value and voices of women
  • Calls us to see the Samaritan woman in a different light

Part One: Reading the Samaritan Woman’s Story with the Church

  • Gendered Sexuality: The Samaritan Woman in Early Christianity
  • Sin and Speech: The Samaritan Woman in Protestant Perspective
  • The Samaritan Woman and #ChurchToo

Part Two: The Samaritan Woman in Her Day

  • A Woman’s Life in Jesus’ World
  • Marriage from Beginning to End
  • The Samaritan Woman’s Story Reimagined
  • Reading the Bible After #ChurchToo
  • Discussion Questions
  • Title: The Samaritan Woman’s Story: Reconsidering John 4 after #Churchtoo
  • Author: Caryn A. Reeder
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2022
  • Pages: 216
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Resource ID: LLS:SMRTNWMNSSTRY
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-07-20T18:28:16Z

In the Logos Reader Edition, this volume is enhanced to best fit the content. Scripture references are hand-tagged to integrate with powerful functionality in Logos Bible Software. Page milestones and internal citation tagging provide accurate points of reference. Search important words across resources to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive tools for reading digital content are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Caryn A. Reeder (PhD, University of Cambridge) is an assistant professor of religious studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

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