"The woman said to him, 'I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.'
"Jesus said to her, 'I who speak to you am he.'" (John 4:25-26 ESV)
(Jacob van Oost the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
“You must be a prophet, you really see me, you know everything about me, you know what’s in my heart.”
(See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Above is the entrance to the famed Jacob's Well in Samaria.
Three hundred years after northern Israel rejected Jerusalem as their holy city, the Assyrians came in and wiped out the northern kingdom, took the people captive, and sent in their own people to repopulate the devastated area. You can read the whole story in 2 Kings 17.
(Entrance to Jacob’s Well, Samaria; OSU Special Collections & Archives @ Flickr Commons )
It was necessary for Jesus to go through Samaria...
(The Colonnade, Samaria, PublicDomainPictures.net)