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Volume 18, Issue 2, 2018

Vladan Tatalović
Pages 251-262
DOI: 10.5840/philotheos201818218

Why do Contexts Matter?
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10, 27-35) as an Example

The presented study uses the Lukan parable of the Good Samaritan (10, 27-35) in order to present the shifts in the meaning depending on the reading contexts. After the basic structure of the original meaning is established, the pragmatic nuances of the parable are illustrated. The research subsequently throws light on the paradigmatic interpretations in both the medieval and the contemporary contexts. It concludes by exemplifying that the polyvalence of meaning is not only dependent upon the genuine literary structure of the parable, but also on the innate ability of the Christian organism (Church) to actualize certain features of the sacred text in the concrete life-settings.