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Christ Jesus

We have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

After a Samaritan woman’s announcement about meeting the Christ (see vv. 28–30), a group of her fellow townsfolk unequivocally confirm his status. The event is noteworthy on many levels: An unnamed woman acts as a witness; men listen to her in spite of her gender; hostility between Jews and Samaritans is set aside; and Jesus’ mission is acknowledged as universal. 

Sōtēr, the Greek noun rendered Saviour, was typically applied to Roman authorities or pagan gods. In the New Testament it often refers to God (see Luke 1:47, for instance) and is also used as a title for Christ Jesus, the Savior sent by God (as in this text).

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Resources cited in this issue

RR: Cousar, Charles B. The New Testament Library, Philippians and Philemon. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

Cit. 4: Wilkins, Michael J. NIV Application Commentary: From Biblical Text . . . to Contemporary Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

Cit. 15: Barry, John D., et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2016. 

Cit. 18: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 10, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude, Revelation. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

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