John W. Welch began his scholarly study of the parable of the Good Samaritan in the early 1990s after viewing a stained glass window in Chartres, France. The window showed the Good Samaritan parable and the story of the fall and redemption of Adam and Eve together in one arrangement, indicating parallelism. After thorough research of early Christian scholarship on the parable, he found that virtually all commentary agreed that the parable should be read as Jesus’ teaching on the fall and redemption of mankind. This understanding was largely lost over the centuries as many rejected allegorical readings of the Bible and as salvation came to be seen in simple terms, rather than the deeper meanings as given in the parable.
Professor Welch published “The Good Samaritan: A Type and Shadow of the Plan of Salvation,” BYU Studies 38, no. 2, 1999, and later a shorter version in the Ensign magazine. He has collected resources on this topic including publications (listed in the bibliography of this website) and artwork. He welcomes feedback and input on the meaning of and portrayal of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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