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- Luke 10:29: Neighbor. is the English translation of the Greek plesion, the neuter of a derivative of pelas (near).
- Luke 10:25-37. This is the Good Samaritan story. It is well known as a story of the brotherhood of all mankind and doing good even to someone outside our own sphere.
- The early Christians saw this as an allegory of the Plan of Salvation. See the article The Good Samaritan and Eternal Life by John W. Welch in the related links sections.
- Luke 11:11: Stone. Most modern translations take this "stone" in this verse as a superfluous word due to transcription error. See here for details and various translations. (Cf. Matt 7:9.)
- Luke 11:12: Egg and scorpion. A possible similarity between an egg and a scorpion being alluded to here is how a scorpion can roll up into a ball that looks like an egg. The pairings in this passage (and in Matt 7:9ff) suggest similar objects where one gives sustenance and the other does not.
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- Luke 11:9. Many times it seems people pray to be relieved of tribuations and yet tribulations continue. How can this empirical observation be reconciled with this verse?
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- Luke 10:25-37. John W. Welch, "The Good Samaritan and Eternal Life," BYU Magazine, Spring 2002. In this article, Welch reviews the writings of early Christian writers such as Origen, who lived in the first half of the the 3rd century. Origen understands the allegory like this:
- The man who was going down is Adam. Jerusalem is paradise, and Jericho is the world. The robbers are hostile powers. The priest is the Law, the Levite is the prophets, and the Samaritan is Christ. The wounds are disobedience, the beast is the Lord's body, the pandochium (that is, the stable [inn]), which accepts all [pan-] who wish to enter, is the Church. And further, the two denarii mean the Father and the Son. The manager of the stable is the head of the Church, to whom its care has been entrusted. And the fact that the Samaritan promises he will return represents the Savior's second coming.
- See a similar article by Welch in the Ensign: "The Good Samaritan: Forgotten Symbols," Feb 2007, pp. 40–47.
- Luke 10:25-37. Great commentary in: Walsh, John W. 'The Good Samaritan: Forgotten Symbols' Ensign. February, 2007.
- Luke 12:23. James E. Faust, "Spiritual Nutrients," Ensign, Nov 2006, pp. 53–55. Elder Faust said: "Human beings...need to be replenished spiritually. The human spirit needs love. It also needs to be 'nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine' (1 Tim 4:6)."
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