I preached a sermon last time John 4’s story of the “Woman at the Well” came up in the lectionary, and it turns out that many in my audience (who are Educated) liked the novelty of the thesis I used. Sometimes it’s the familiar that surprises! As the Samaritans represent the Northern Kingdom, and the Pharisees represent ideals in Nehemiah / Ezra that remove them from Israel, Jesus rapprochement shows a new inclusion of the “lost tribes”
Oscar Cullman in his book, “Immortality of The Soul or Resurrection of The Dead?” explored if we should see death as friend or as an enemy. By comparing and contrasting the ancient world view of Socrates with the Gospel narratives he came up with an answer that might surprise you!