what was the victim wearing? 145 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2004 Biblical Interpretation 12, 2 Also available online – www.brill.nl WHAT WAS THE VICTIM WEARING? LITERARY, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL CONTEXTS FOR THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN MICHAEL P. KNOWLES McMaster Divinity College The following study addresses in turn specific scriptural, eco- nomic, and social contexts for Luke’s parable of the Good Samari- tan (Luke 10:30-35). Although the parable clearly focuses on what Shakespeare’s Portia calls “the quality of mercy,” 1 references to 2 Chronicles 28, to Samaritan economic interests in the Second Temple period, and especially to contemporary conventions of dress each add significantly to our appreciation of how its earliest hearers/readers might have understood the parable. Critical cat- egories formulated by Russian literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin will assist in clarifying the function of these references both within the narrative and for subsequent readers of Luke’s text. Bakhtin apparently viewed the New Testament as “essentially dia- logic,” and the teaching of Jesus as particularly so. 2 In reviewing what he meant by this, we must (appropriately enough) attend both to his own voice and to the voices of others who engage his thought: For Bakhtin, dialogism
Biblical Interpretation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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