A Surprising and Significant Twist in the Good Samaritan Story Most People Never Notice

Jesus Without Baggage

When Jesus told an inquirer that if he would ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ he would have eternal life, the inquirer asked: ‘And who is my neighbor?’

This sets the occasion for Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan which is so familiar to all of us. It is so familiar that most of us can do a pretty good job of repeating the story in detail. Yet I think there is an aspect to the parable most of us completely miss. I missed it myself for 30 years until I read a book that pointed me to this insight.*

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The Story of the Good Samaritan

The parable of the Good Samaritan, which is Jesus’ answer to the inquirer’s question, ‘And…

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