Question I Was Asked:
Come the Samaritan Woman Knew that Jesus was a Jew?”
ask how the Samaritan woman already knew that Jesus was a Jew (John
Jesus betrayed the fact that He was a Jew by his mannerisms, accent
we should not assume that the sum total of the words which initially
passed between them are in John 4:7-9. What the Bible records is
always significant but it does not mean that any recorded
conversation is the entire
verse 7 Jesus asks the woman if she would give Him a drink, then in
verse 9 the Samaritan woman says,
you are a Jew and I am a Samaritan, how can you ask me for a drink?"
the Jews would have considered any drink handed to them by a
Samaritan to be ceremonially unclean. Undoubtedly, this is why
asked her for a drink - to start to reveal how different the New
Covenant would be to the Old, with salvation opened up to the
to specifically answer your question, we cannot be entirely sure how
this woman quickly knew that Jesus was a Jew; most likely He betrayed
it with Jewish mannerisms or accent, although it is just as possible
that further words passed between them which the inspired text has
not recorded. Jesus asked for a drink and undoubtedly looked tired so
it is entirely possible that the woman would have asked Him how far
He had come and where He was from. Hope this answers your question.
A. Brace, 2006.
UPDATE: But Was Jesus Identified By His Wearing of a Tassel?