The Gospel of John – An Introduction

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It’s no secret that I am a fanboy of the Gospel of John. John is an enigma, a contradiction that shouldn’t make sense but does. On one level, John is tangible and simple. A reader, untrained and unfamiliar with the Scriptures, can read John and find him understandable and profound. On another level, John is a tease and a riddler. He slides you subtle clues that easily go unnoticed but – when they are – drive you mad as you search for John’s meaning. The Gospel of John is a love affair; …

Good Samaritan Painting

Textual Context of the Good Samaritan

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Perhaps the most surprising element of the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 is not the cultural norms Jesus contradicts  but rather the timing and context into which he spoke it. Sure, the Jews and Samaritans fervently hated each other. Yet, the paradoxical nature of Jesus’ parable is not all of the story. The Good Samaritan is but the ending of a longer narrative Luke started telling in the previous chapter. In Luke 9 we read of the Mount of Transfiguration as a retelling of Mount Sinai (which deserves its …