Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Religious Education, good samaritan, Plan of Salvation, John W. Welch


"The Good Samaritan: A Type and Shadow of the Plan of Salvation," by John W. Welch, is an insightful analysis of that well-known parable. Welch's research shows that since the early days of Christianity, the parable of the Good Samaritan was understood as an extensive allegory: the man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among robbers represents mankind's fall from paradise into a world of sin. The Good Samaritan represents the Savior, who rescues the man left for dead by washing his wounds of sin away with wine, anointing him with oil, and taking him to an inn (the church), where he promises to reward the faithful innkeeper upon his return.