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Word of the Day: Samaritan

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Someone who performs a selfless act is called a Samaritan. The reason for the capital S is because Samaria is a region, part of biblical Israel. The Jews who first inhabited this area were called Samaritans. Their descendents, who number only in the hundreds, still live there. The notion of a Good Samaritan, however, comes from the New Testament. In Luke 10:33, a Samaritan takes pity on a traveler in need.

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