Zachary Roesemann



Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well
Gold leaf and tempera on wood

Statement: Only the Gospel of John tells the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:4-40). Yet it is one of the longest and most memorable in the New Testament. Named “Photine” (“the luminous one”) in the Orthodox tradition, this woman has, as we say, a history. No shrinking violet, she both challenges and listens intently to Jesus. Then she does not hesitate to act, bringing her friends from town to see and hear this amazing man. In her words and actions, she exemplifies prayer. She talks, questions, and argues—literally, with God! And isn’t that what prayer so often is? Then she is wise enough to accept, not what she thought she wanted, but the much greater gift God wants to give her.



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