"one smiling Samaritan"

The Samaritans are an ethnic group from the Levant. This, however, refers to the common use of the term Samaritan to mean a good, charitable person. The Good Samaritan is the famous Biblical parable told by Jesus in the New Testament. A traveller – possibly a Jew – , robbed and left for dead, is ignored by two passers-by. Finally a Samaritan – Samaritans and Jews were known enemies – stops and helps the man, saving his life. Jesus used this to illustrate the commandment ‘love thy neighbour’.

Many hospitals and charitable organisations are named for the Good Samaritan.