Good Samaritan

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 — 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

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  • 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 law — Good Samaritan laws (acts) in the United States and Canada are laws/acts protecting from blame those who choose to aid others who are injured or ill. They are intended to reduce bystanders hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or… …   Wikipedia

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  • Good Samaritan law — n: a law providing immunity from liability to a good samaritan (as an off duty physician) whose negligent administration of aid causes injury Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. Good Samaritan law …   Law dictionary

  • Good Samaritan rule — The doctrine that protects a volunteer who comes to the aid of an injured or ill stranger from being sued for contributory negligence, as long as the volunteer aid giver (the Good Samaritan) acted with reasonable care. Category: Accidents &… …   Law dictionary

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