Bible Cartoon: Luke 10 - Parable of the good Samaritan SET02 - Scene 02 - Passers-by

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Bible Book: Luke
Bible Book Code: 4201003102
Scene no: 2 of 5

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Luke 10:31-32 (NLT)
31 [Jesus continued] “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant [1] walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.”

Greek, A Levite.


Not specified in story – I made it mid morning.

Harsh, strong desert lighting. I have used warm colours on the colour wheel (yellow & oranges) as the dominant hues used in this scene. I have used cool blues & violets in the shadow areas to contrast with the warm colours of the harsh desert sunlight. Short shadows indicate that the sun is overhead.

The Hebrew victim lying on the road, with a priest walking by in the distance, & a temple assistant (Levite) peering at the man on the road.

There are two versions of this scene:
01) (Previous page) Luke 10 – Parable of the good Samaritan SET01 – Scene 02 – Passers-by.
The original drawing, which has rather grey/brown tones.

02) (This page) Luke 10 – Parable of the good Samaritan SET02 – Scene 02 – Passers-by.
The “new” (2016) drawing, which has brighter reds, oranges & yellow tones.

As you may notice from the titles above, there are two complete sets of the 5 scenes that comprise the story of the good Samaritan. The principle difference between them is colour: SET 01 is the original series of drawings, which have rather grey/brown tones, whilst SET 02 has brighter reds, oranges & yellows throughout the series of cartoons.

Google earth position & orientation – 31 deg 50’ 45.86” N 39 deg 20’ 36.49” E looking SW
The water in the background is the Dead Sea.
Jericho is off to the left, Jerusalem off to the right.

In SET 02, I actually finished scene 03 – Good Samaritan SET02 in 2015 first, before I finished the other scenes. Scene 03 was a special commission for a local primary school, so it was needed first. I have just completed colouring up the other 4 scenes in this set, & made available on the BC website.

The primary school wanted 4 large canvases with my illustrations on, each highlighting one of four values of the school. Apparently the canvases have been well received & are helping to illustrate the Christian ethos of the school.

A note on the seeming callousness of the priest & Levite!
The story Jesus relates has two men (a priest & a temple assistant or Levite) walk up, look at this poor, hapless victim of robbery, & then carry on down the road. That sounds shocking & rather unkind to our western ears. I suspect it was meant to elicit that same response from Jesus’ listeners! It is interesting to note though, that according to Mosaic law (the law of God, given to Moses) a Hebrew person would be defiled by touching a dead body; Numbers 19:11 states that “Whoever touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days”. Perhaps the priest & Levite didn’t want to risk becoming “unclean” & therefore unable to perform their priestly duties.

Even if that were the main reason for these men’s actions, I suspect Jesus would have wanted them to help the poor man on the ground! In the story it falls to a Samaritan to help him, which would have been a shock for Jesus’ listeners, as Jews & Samaritans tended to hate & despise one another!