Where is this in the bible?


Where in the bible did Abraham speak to the Samaritan and let them know that there was only one God. From what I understand thy believed in many Gods ,or do I have the wrong group, If I do who were they and Where in the bible did God speak to Abraham and correct them?


There weren’t such a thing as Samaritans in Abraham’s time. They are however around by the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.


I was under the impression that the Samaritan religion was close to Judaism and only believed in one God. In a nutshell, i think the Samaritans say they practice the origional religion of the Isralites as was practiced before the Babylonian(?) exile.


There were no Samaritans in the time of Abraham.


Hi, Lady!

…I think that you are combining several different passages:

Abraham and Melchizedek:

[FONT=“Garamond”][size=]17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

(Genesis 14:17-20)
…these people did believe in many gods; yet Abram refused consort with them by refusing any of the loot for himself.

Then Yahweh God visit him; He changed his name to Abraham (father of many nations) and instituted the Promise and the Pact (Covenant) which would be formalized through the circumcision of every male offspring (Genesis 15 through 21); within the first encounter and Isaac’s birth we find Abrahams plead for Sodom (Genesis 18) and his encounter with Abimelech (Genesis 20)–this might be the incident that you may be recalling Abimelech takes Sarah from Abraham and Yahweh God visits him.

…finally, the Samaritans

…there was a division between the kingdoms of Israel–to the South: Juda and Benjamin (these two tribes stayed loyal to Yahweh, mostly); to the North: the other ten tribes… eventually these tribes began to worship at various altars by the mountain/wilderness, etc., instead of in the Temple, in Jerusalem. Their worship eventually lead to idol worship… and one particular region became known as Samaria; these remained steadfast to worshiping on the mountains–it is here where Jesus met the Samaritan woman (St. John 4) and pronounced that not only were the Samaritans in error but that the Jews would need to Worship God in Spirit and Truth (vv. 21-24).

Maran atha!





…they were descendants of the clangs… but they refused to worship only at the Temple; they also included other gods while holding on to the traditions of their forefathers (‘are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us the well?’); there was enmity between them and the Jews, these despised them as lower lifeforms–it is the reason why the woman was surprised when Jesus, a Jew, asked her for water.

Maran atha!



Maybe you are thinking of this?

The Samaritan Woman
John 4:3-42

4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 4:20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”

After Jesus told the woman about her life, she knew that he was a prophet. Again many commentators downplay the woman’s theological ability by saying that her next question concerning the proper place of worship is a ploy to draw attention away from her supposed immoral life (O’Day, 384). What they don’t acknowledge is that the woman asked what is probably the most pressing theological question for first century Samaritans: where is the proper place of worship?

The Samaritans were descended from the Israelite people who had not been deported when the Assyrians conquered the Northern Kingdom (722/21 BC) and imported other peoples into the region (2 Kings 17:22-41). They continued to worship Yahweh, but also allowed the worship of other gods from the resettled peoples’ homelands.


Correct. Samaritans are strict monotheists and followers of the Mosaic Law. The Samaritans consider themselves to be Israelites, genetically speaking they’re pretty much the same as (other) Jews (DNA tests showed that they aren’t different from Jews), and they follow much of the same tenets as Judaism (strict monotheism, Sabbath observance, circumcision, celebration of feasts as set out in the Torah); it’s only their chosen place of worship that really sets them apart.

To put it in a nutshell: the semi-pagan ‘Samarians’ described in 2 Kings and the Samaritans that existed during the time of Jesus and today are actually two different, unrelated groups. It’s just later Jewish polemics - which unfortunately, quite a lot of people (especially Christian commentators) have taken literally - that made the latter group out to be the direct descendants of the former. The former was an ethnic group, the latter a sectarian group.

Quoting myself from elsewhere:

[T]he Samaritans were and are monotheistic Yhwh-worshipers and Torah observers for as far as we can tell. In fact, the Jewish-Samaritan feud doesn’t center on whether or not they worship the same God as the Jews (both sides accept that they do), but where they worship Him - which was considered to be just an important an issue. Granted, some Jewish sources do try to depict the sectarian Samaritans as originating from the foreign settlers of 2 Kings (thus robbing them of any real ethnic/racial Israelite identity), and generations of Christian commentators sort of just accepted the Jewish story - and the myth of the ‘Ten Lost Tribes’ - uncritically.
In reality, however, we really shouldn’t be taking these - biased against Samaritans, obviously - sources at face value with what we know from elsewhere (including the Old Testament itself). In reality, Samaritanism most likely originated later, in a different context: northerners (comprised of Israelites and by-now assimilated foreigners) building a temple to Yhwh in Gerizim as a religious-political rival to the Temple in Jerusalem perhaps somewhere around the 5th century BC, not so much the Assyrian conquest of Samaria two centuries earlier.


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