Monday, November 10, 2008

Samaritans, Jews and Philosophers

Published in The Expository Times, 113 (4) 2002 pp. 152-6.

Peter Winch, D.Z. Phillips and Lars Hertzberg have all understood Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan as dealing with the proper attitude of any person to his or her fellow human beings. Reading the parable against the background of Talmudic literature, I argue that the parable actually addresses ethical issues involving the notion of membership in a community and the duties which community members owe to each other.

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