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Jesus and Messianic Expectation


The Messiah would be the anointed one of God, and he would reveal every truth (Jn 4:25). Besides the Jews, the Samaritans and Gentiles also were expecting a Messiah from among the Jews. When the Magi arrived in Jerusalem, their question to King Herod was, “Where is he that is born king of the Jews?” (Mt 2:2)

Though only the Pentateuch in the Bible is accepted by the Samaritans, it also gives references to the coming of the Messiah. God promised a redeemer through Adam (Gen 3:15), Abraham (Gen 12:3), Jacob (Gen 49:10), Balaam (Num 24:17) and Moses (Deut 18:15) in the first five books of the Bible. The Samaritans must have heard of the Messianic predictions by the prophets of Israel. Their expectation of the Messiah was not a king from the lineage of David but a prophet like Moses (Deut 18:15). According to the Samaritan woman, the Anointed one will correct their misunderstandings and defective religious practices. She was willing to wait for that to happen.


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