John 4: 1-6 – Jesus and Samaritan Woman Introduction

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Introductory verses (Jn 4: 1-6) describe the circumstance and present the main characters. But the first three verses seem to be strange because they apparently correct what was said in John 3: 22. This can be the signal of the hand of various redactors in the process of the formation of the text. The correction that Jesus did not baptize might have been an attempt to deny that Jesus was just an imitator of John the Baptist. Jesus might have left Judea since he could foresee how the opposition was gathering momentum. The event is placed in the background of a journey.

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