The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35) is best known as an instruction to help others. But the story harbors far more meaning as an allegory of the fall and redemption of mankind. Writers in the early Christian era taught this allegorical meaning: Christ is the Good Samaritan, the one who saves fallen mankind. This understanding is portrayed in stained glass windows in several European cathedrals that tell the interpretation parallel to the parable. The Christ-centered meaning of the parable was largely lost in the age of the Enlightenment; this website seeks to help restore that meaning by providing useful resources.