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Welcome to my stop on the Ordinary Women of the Bible Blog Hop!
Ordinary Women of the Bible (OWB) is a wonderful series of biblical fiction featuring twenty-four little-known women from the Bible. I was privileged to be invited by the publisher, Guideposts, to write a story about the woman at the well. You can read about her in John 4:1-26.
BROKEN. REJECTED. A FAILURE.
On Photine’s daily trek to Jacob’s well, one step forward is another step back into her past as she relives the dismal events of her life. All she knows is brokenness, much like the waterpot she carries on her head. Rejection from those who used to be her friends is now commonplace. Failure should be her name. After all, who else in all of Samaria has gone through five husbands? And now she no longer sacrifices for her sins. Why bother when she’s just going to commit the same act every single day? She no longer cares.
Then one day, a day that started out like all the others, she meets a man at the well who offers something she had all but given up on. Hope. Hope for healing… Hope for forgiveness. Hope for a new life. Can she dare believe that His promises are meant for someone so broken? Someone so lost? Someone like … her?
Below are a few things I learned
while doing research for this story.
THE WOMAN AT THE WELL HAS A NAME! WHO KNEW?!
The Woman at the Well isn’t named in Scriptures, but according to the Orthodox Church her name is Photine (Photina or Photini) and she’s revered as a Saint. They say that Peter gave her the name “Photine” after her baptism, which means Enlightened One. They also say that Photine had five sisters (Anatole, Photo, Photis, Paraskeve, and Kyriake) and two sons (Victor and Joses). Victor, Photine’s oldest son, was also considered a saint.
PHOTINE WAS A MARTYR
The Orthodox Church reveres Photine as a martyr. After converting her family, they left their homeland and traveled all the way to Carthage to share the gospel. In 66 AD they were persecuted by Nero, and it says they “all” were tortured and executed. Sabastianos (a Greek name) was also among them, known to be a good friend of Victor (Photine’s oldest son). They say Nero ordered her (and them) to be thrown down an empty well, which also reveals she likely told him of first meeting Jesus at the well and how he told her “everything she ever did.”
Blog Hop Details:
Participating is easy! Just hop over to each of the ten blogs listed here by October 11, read what they've written about their books, and write down the keyword in their blog post. You don't need to follow any particular order. When you have all ten keywords, just fill out the entry form. You'll be entered into a drawing for all twenty-four books in the Ordinary Women of the Bible series, many of them with autographed bookplates. The drawing will be conducted on October 12, so get your entry in before then. Plus, some of the authors are giving away their own goodies, so be sure to read every post!
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