..... Acts 8:5 - 25. This quarter our SS class is covering some of the more interesting events in Acts. In my preparation for the upcoming lesson that our class will cover that's entitled "The Ministry of the Spirit," which was developed by John Alva Owston, who apparently is on the staff of the Union Gospel Press, he sees the events in Acts 8:4 - 25 as a fulfilment of the last part of Acts 1:8, "Ye shall be witnesses to Me [Jesus] in .... Samaria." Commentator John B. Polhill, in his commentary on Acts--which is Volume 26 of The New American Commentary[(c) 1992 by Broadman & Holman; ISBN 978-08054-0126-4.]writes: "From a Jewish perspective, the Samaritans were a sort of tertium quid, neither Jew nor Gentile. They were descended from the northern tribes of Israel, the old kingdom of 'Israel' that had fallen to the Assyrians in 722 B.C. Those who were not taken captive to Assyria but remained in the land intermarried extensively with the native Canaanite population and the peoples whom the Assyrians resettled in the conquered territory. These Samaritan descendants of the old northern tribes considered themselves still to be the people of God. They had their own form of the Pentateuch for their Holy Scriptures, circumcised their sons, and built a temple on Mt. Gerazim to rival the one in Jerusalem (cf. John 4:20). The Jewish prejudice against the Samaritans was well known by the times of the NT Gospels and Acts." While Owston doesn't go into this to any great detail, he sort of indicates that the Samaritans who came to Christ as a result of the testimony of the converted prostitute woman at the well's witnessing were--at least to some extent "quasi-believers" but hadn't as yet been the recipients of the Holy Spirit, which was probably due to the fact that when Jesus Himself was with the Samaritan woman, the Holy Spirit hadn't been given out to any believers since the coming of the HS 'in power' at Pentecost hadn't as yet occurred. I'd love to read what y'all have to say not only about this, but also the controversial issue of whether or not "Simon" in Acts 8:18 - 24 was truly saved.