To justify himself,
‘Who is my neighbor?’”
ὁ δὲ θέλων δικαιῶσαι ἑαυτὸν εἶπεν πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν Καὶ τίς ἐστίν μου πλησίον
Luke alone went on to a further explanation about the question or meaning of neighbor. He said that this lawyer wanted to justify himself (ὁ δὲ θέλων δικαιῶσαι ἑαυτὸν) and his earlier question. He asked Jesus (εἶπεν πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν) point blank, ‘Who is my neighbor (Καὶ τίς ἐστίν μου πλησίον)?’ This question has haunted Christians for centuries. Were these very Jewish people their neighbors? Were only those who believed exactly like them their neighbors? The answer will be clear as this story unfolds. Who do you think your neighbor is?