Fred Craddock’s Luke commentary makes two urgent suggestions of preachers working on the parable of the Good Samaritan.
- Don’t make the priest and the Levite out to be so evil as to be unrelatable. We are them.
- Don’t make the Samaritan too familiar. The parable piles on the description of his remarkable actions; he’s not easily analogized.
These two rules of Craddock’s for this particular story are a good rule for all interpretation, I think. Don’t distort the baddies, and don’t domesticate the goodies.