Did the Samaritans Get a Bum Rap?

If you read the Bible—especially the New Testament—it’s pretty easy to come away with a bad impression of Samaritans. In fact, most of us would probably rank the Samaritans just slightly better than the Pharisees when it comes “disliked” groups of people in the Gospels.

Yet, are these portrayals accurate? The short answer is, not exactly.