jesus and the reduction of intergroup conflict 325 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2000 Biblical Interpretation 8, 4 JESUS AND THE REDUCTION OF INTERGROUP CONFLICT: THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN IN THE LIGHT OF SOCIAL IDENTITY THEORY PHILIP F. ESLER St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews Luke 10:25-37, containing the passage at 10:30-37 which is gen- erally known in English as ‘the parable of the Good Samaritan’, although more precisely designated by the German ‘das Gleichnis’ or ‘die Erzählung vom Barmherzigen Samariter’, the compassionate Samaritan, is one of the most well-known and treasured of all New Testament passages 1 . The secondary literature on the passage is immense and it is not my intention to attempt a summary of it here. 2 Nor do I wish to enter the discussion as to whether it is best regarded as a parable or example story. 3 Many scholars regard it as a parable by the historical Jesus 4 and I will return to this is- sue later. In this article I will proceed on the assumption that it is either authentic or that, even if it is a Lucan creation (the view I prefer), Luke so well understood—
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Published: Jan 1, 2000
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