“Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?”
King James Version (KJV)
4:12 Our father Jacob - So they fancied he was; whereas they were, in truth, a mixture of many nations, placed there by the king of Assyria, in the room of the Israelites whom he had carried away captive, #2Kings 17:24|. Who gave us the well - In Joseph their supposed forefather: and drank thereof - So even he had no better water than this.
Joh 4:12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob? The question indicates still further her dawning conviction of the greatness of the stranger. It was from Joseph, the son of Jacob, that the Samaritans claimed descent. Jesus spoke of giving living water; Jacob, their great ancestor, had given this well.