The central hill country of Palestine, the natural borders of which were defined by the Mediterranean Sea on the west, the Valley of Jezreel or Plain of Esdraelon on the north, the Jordan River on the east, and the Valley of Aijalon on the south. This was the region settled by the Joseph tribes, Manasseh in the northern half and Ephraim in the southern half. References to Samaria predating the Assyrian conquest of the Israelite capital are to the city and not the political district (Amos 3:9
; Amos 3:12
; Amos 4:1
; Amos 6:1
; Amos 8:14
; Hos 8:6
; Hos 10:5-7
; Hos 13:16
; Isa 7:9
; Isa 8:4
; Isa 10:9-11
; Mic 1:5-6
). But the later oracle of (Jer 31:5-6
) is clearly a reference to the region (“the mountains of Samaria”/“the hill country of Ephraim”). The use of the term “Ephraim” for the region and its people was popular with the prophets both before and after the Assyrian conquest of Samaria—especially with the earlier prophets Hosea (thirty-six times) and Isaiah (twelve times), where the term is often synonymous with the kingdom of Israel, of which this region was the political and cultural heart. In the NT, Samaria is mentioned as the region of the Samaritan religious community (Matt 10:5
; Luke 9:52
; John 4:1-42
), as a territory of early evangelization (Acts 1:8
; Acts 8:4-25
), as the home of Simon Magus (Acts 8:9-24
), and as an area whose churches were supportive of the theological position of Paul (Acts 15:1-3
9Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod,
and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on Mount Samaria,
and see what great tumults ... View more
12Thus says the Lord: As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who live in Samaria be re ... View more
1Hear this word, you cows of Bashan
who are on Mount Samaria,
who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,
who say to their husbands, “Bring something to drink!”
Complacent Self-Indulgence Will Be Punished
1Alas for those who are at ease in Zion,
and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
the notables of the first o ... View more
14Those who swear by Ashimah of Samaria,
and say, “As your god lives, O Dan,”
and, “As the way of Beer-sheba lives”—
they shall fall, and never rise again.
6For it is from Israel,
an artisan made it;
it is not God.
The calf of Samaria
shall be broken to pieces.
5The inhabitants of Samaria tremble
for the calf of Beth-aven.
Its people shall mourn for it,
and its idolatrous priests shall wail over it,
over its glory that ... View more
16 Samaria shall bear her guilt,
because she has rebelled against her God;
they shall fall by the sword,
their little ones shall be dashed in pieces,
and their ... View more
9The head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
If you do not stand firm in faith,
you shall not stand at all.
4for before the child knows how to call “My father” or “My mother,” the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away by the king of Assyria.
9Is not Calno like Carchemish?
Is not Hamath like Arpad?
Is not Samaria like Damascus?10As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols
whose images were gr ... View more
5All this is for the transgression of Jacob
and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
And what is the high ... View more
5Again you shall plant vineyards
on the mountains of Samaria;
the planters shall plant,
and shall enjoy the fruit.6For there shall be a day when sentinels will ... View more
The Mission of the Twelve
5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans,
52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him;
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
1Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John”2—although it was n ... View more
8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the ... View more
Philip Preaches in Samaria
4Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word.5Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed ... View more
9Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone great.10All of them, from ... View more
The Council at Jerusalem
1Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of M ... View more