In the crypt of a contemporary Greek Orthodox church in Nablus, West Bank, is the location of Jacob’s Well, where Jesus gave a Samaritan woman “life water” after asking her for a drink. Since no one is able to move a well that was once more than 40 meters deep, it is frequently regarded as the most genuine location in the Holy Land.
The well is connected to Jacob in Jewish, Samaritan, Christian, and Muslim traditions alike. The position is 2 kilometers to the east of Nablus, at the beginning of a mountain pass that connects Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. It is around 63 kilometers north of Jerusalem and close to Tell Balata, an archaeological site that is supposed to represent the biblical Shechem.
2 kilometers to the east of Nablus located at the beginning of a mountain pass that connects Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. It is around 63 kilometers north of Jerusalem and close to Tell Balata, an archaeological site that is supposed to represent the biblical Shechem.
Jacob, the patriarch, purchased “the ground on which he had pitched his tent” at Shechem (Genesis 33:19). Jesus was reminded by the Samaritan woman that Jacob “gave us the well, and we drank from it with his sons and his herds.” He told her he was the promised Messiah, and she and many residents of her village believed in him. (John 4:5-42)
During the Second Intifada, which lasted from 2000 to 2005, Nablus served as a battlefield between Palestinian militants and the Israel Defense Force, although it has since been restored as a major industrial and economic hub.
Jacob’s Well has furthermore witnessed conflict and bloodshed. A Zionist organization declared it to be a Jewish holy site in 1979 and asked that crosses and images be taken down. A week later, the church was desecrated and the custodian, Archimandrite Philoumenos, was murdered in the crypt. He was never found guilty of being murdered. The right chapel of the Church of St. Photina is dedicated to the veneration of Archimandrite Philoumenos’ remains.