John, CHAPTER 4 | USCCB
Water (Jn 4:7–15) serves as a symbol (as at Cana and in the Nicodemus episode). * An editorial refinement of Jn 3:22, perhaps directed against followers of John the Baptist who claimed that Jesus imitated him. * He had to: a theological necessity; geographically, Jews often bypassed Samaria by taking a route across the Jordan.
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