Three times the New Testament describes encounters with Jesus that took place at noon: his meeting with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well (John 4:6), his confrontation with Saul on the road to Damascus (Acts 26:13), and his revelation to Peter at Joppa (Acts 10:9). These three scenes bear noteworthy resemblance to one another, I believe, well beyond the circumstance that they all occurred at the noon hour.
First, in each case, it is clear that these scenes are based on the personal testimony of the one whom Jesus encountered. It was of the nature of these meetings that only an actual witness could convey the stories to others. For instance, we know that Peter, when he returned to Jerusalem just a “few days” later (Acts 10: . . .
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