Biblical Interpretation 17 (2009) 422-447 brill.nl/bi Biblical Interpretation orn © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156851509X447645 The Story of the Samaritan and the Innkeeper (Luke 10:30-35): A Study in Character Rehabilitation Bruce W. Longenecker Baylor University Abstract The aphorism ‘context is everything’ has been a guiding principle in many studies of Jesus’ parabolic sayings. This is true, for instance, of studies attempting to recover a parable’s significance in relation to the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, or in relation to its literary placement and function, or in relation to its polyvalent potential. It is also true of this study, which examines Jesus’ narrative of the Samaritan—usually referred to as the ‘parable of the good Samaritan’. It suggests that, when the Samaritan story is placed within a certain contextual configuration, its narrative features align themselves in ways that have either been conspicuously neglected or consciously avoided in the history of the story’s interpretation. Rather than neglecting or avoiding the significance of these narrative features, this essay seeks to exploit their interpretative significance in a fresh manner, entertaining possibilities of meaning beyond the Lukan interpretative framework. In particular, consideration is given to the relationship between the Samaritan and the
Biblical Interpretation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: CHARACTERISATION; EMPIRE OF GOD; PARABLE; INNKEEPER; SAMARITAN
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