Good Samaritan

The usual name given to Jesus' parable [[➝ parables]] in Luke 10:29–37. It is the story of a Jew mugged on the lonely road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Passing by were a priest and a Levite [[➝ priests and Levites]], but fearing ritual contamination which would have inhibited them from religious duties, they gave no help. Jesus' listeners were probably surprised to learn the identity of the third traveller—not, as they expected, a lay Israelite (so that the parable would have been a straightforward piece of anticlericalism) but a Samaritan [[➝ Samaritans]], hated by the Jews (John 4:9); he overcame his scruples and gave assistance, and more. So the parable turns out to be anti-racist.

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  • good Samaritan — good sa·mar·i·tan / sə mar ə tən/ n [from the good Samaritan in the New Testament parable (Luke 10:30–37)]: one who voluntarily renders aid to another in distress although under no duty to do so Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • good samaritan — A good Samaritan is a persoon wh helps others in need …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • good Samaritan — n. a person who pities and helps another or others unselfishly: see Luke 10:30 37 …   English World dictionary

  • good Samaritan — noun a person who voluntarily offers help or sympathy in times of trouble • Hypernyms: ↑benefactor, ↑helper * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized G&S Etymology: after the good Samaritan in the Biblical parable (Lk 10:30 37) : one who… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Good Samaritan — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms Good Samaritan : singular Good Samaritan plural Good Samaritans a person who helps someone they do not know who is in trouble • Etymology: From the Bible story of the Good Samaritan who helped an injured man… …   English dictionary

  • good Samaritan — a person who gratuitously gives help or sympathy to those in distress. Luke 10:30 37. Also, Good Samaritan. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • good Samaritan — good′ (or Good′) Samar′itan n. bib a person who voluntarily gives help to those in distress or need. Luke 10:30–37 • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • Good Samaritan — Good Sa maritan noun count a person who helps someone they do not know who is in trouble …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • good Samaritan — Synonyms and related words: Samaritan, aid, aider, assister, backer, befriender, benefactor, benefactress, benefiter, good person, help, helper, helping hand, jack at a pinch, ministering angel, ministrant, patron, succorer …   Moby Thesaurus

  • good Samaritan — /gʊd səˈmærətn/ (say good suh maruhtn) noun a person who is compassionate and helpful to one in distress. {Biblical, from Jesus parable of the man attacked by thieves; it was a despised Samaritan who stopped to give aid rather than the more… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Good Samaritan — noun Date: 1679 Samaritan 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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