(29) But he wanted to justify having asked his question, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
(30) So Jesus said to him: “While on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho, a particular man was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went on their way, leaving him half dead.
(31) Coincidentally a priest happened to be on his way down the same road, but when he saw the man, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. (32) Then a Levite came along and saw the man, but he too ignored him, passing by on the other side of the road.
(33) But then a Samaritan happened to come along and see the man. When the Samaritan saw him, his heart with out to him. (34) So, he went over to the man and doctored the man’s wounds, pouring wine and oil on them before bandaging him up. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. (35) The next day the Samaritan gave the innkeeper two silver denarii and said, “Look after him and when I come back, I will reimburse you for any extra expenses you incur.’
(36) “Now I ask you, which of these three men was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?”
(37) The Jewish theologian replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.” (Luke 10:29-37 ~ The good Samaritan)
1. Is there any particular significance to the specific setting given in Jesus’ story – traveling from “Jerusalem to Jericho?”
2. What is a Levite? What does Levite do?
3. Is their particular significance to the fact that a Samaritan is made out to be the hero in this story? What was the common perception of Samaritans by Jews (and of Jews by Samaritans) at this time?
4. What was the going rate for room and board in a typical Jericho inn at that time and so, for how long a period did the Samaritan pay in advance for the injured man’s rehabilitation?