Jesus Saves Those That Thirst - John 4:5-26
To know the background of this story proves the truthfulness of the Gospels for to understand the utter hatred between Samaritans & Jews & then to find this account, only shows no one was trying to write a book that would be accepted as normal but instead telling the true & amazing story of Jesus.
The Samaritans were descendents of the tribes of Ephraim & Manasseh, long ago overran by Assyria & mostly deported as slaves. But some Israelites intermarried with the Assyrians, which was strictly forbidden by the Mosaic law & instantly excluded them from being able to go into the Jewish Temple. When the southern kingdom, Judah was taken into captivity by Babylon, they in contrast did not intermarry & returned back to Jerusalem in the days of Nehemiah & Ezra to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple.