About 2,000 years ago, thieves ambushed a man traveling the Jerusalem–Jericho road, and only one passsing Samaritan bothered to help him, dragging him to a nearby inn (Luke 10). Today, on what may be the same spot, is the Museum of the Good Samaritan, housed in a restored Ottoman inn. It's an extensive collection of intricate mosaics scraped off the floors of churches, synagogues, and Samaritan houses of worship in Gaza and the West Bank. When you visit, ask to see the
silent film about the parable dating from the 1920s, filmed on the very same arid hills that stretch for miles from the museum. The staff here has plenty of information and maps about nearby sites and trails as well.
If you're feeling energetic, drive over the bridge that crosses the highway and climb the dirt track to the top of the hill. Amid the scanty ruins of a small 12th-century Crusader fort —from which the outskirts of Jerusalem and Jericho are visible—the Gospel passage comes alive. The museum is 5 miles east of Maaleh Adumim.
Rte 1., Maaleh Adumim, 90665, Israel