December 4th, 2003
Vol. III - No.8
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Sunset Times for Central Israelcalculated by Abraham Cohen from Holon
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This past week presented a nice surprise. Benny Tsadaka visiting Orlando, Florida met with two of his friends, Stephan Huller of Canada and myself (Shomron). Various conversations on many topics were discussed. But the most surprising to Benny and myself was when Stephan Huller took us to a tourist park, The Holy Land Experience. What was the surprise you might wonder? Well, Stephan had visited the park with some friends a while back and knew we would enjoy what he had discovered there. In the Sola Scriptura, a building designed for displaying Bibles in their possession. In this building was a 13th century Samaritan Manuscript. It contacts 4 pages of book form, a section of Numbers partly describing the death of Aaron the High Priest. We were amazed, since neither Benny nor I knew of any Samaritan Manuscripts in Orlando, Florida. For me, I was amazed since I had contacted them about a year and a half ago and had asked them if they had any Samaritan manuscripts in their possession. They had at that time informed me that there were none in their collection.
The next day we contacted the curator of the Sola Scriptura, Herbert Samworth. Dr. Samworth informed us that, "Unfortunately, I am unable to give you much information concerning the manuscript except to say that it was purchased a number of years ago at an auction sale. Provenance is listed as "probably Nablus" and dated early 13th century." We have contacted the Auction House and hope to hear more information from them on the Samaritan Manuscript in the near future. We want to thank Dr. Samworth for the above photo in which we hope to learn more of their manuscript. Thank you Stephan Huller for the nice surprise!
I thought I would spare one conversation with Benny Tsadaka on his eating habits in the States. On eating any type of meat: No meat can be eaten even if he was to slaughter it, keeping it kosher, would not be allowed since he could not give the Priests their portion. But fish is acceptable since it is not considered meat.
Have you ever come across the seal (shown in the photo to the left) that was discovered at Megiddo in 1904 by G. Schumacher. It depicts a roaring lion with an inscription that has been translated, "To Shema" with "servant of Jeroboam." "From the shapes of the letters, we know that that the king in this case is Jeroboam II," says G. E. Wright. But the importance of this seal is the word "Shema," the same word used still today by the Samaritan-Israelites meaning "the name," the name of God. It has been assumed by scholars that this name "Shema" was the name of a servant of Jeroboam. But what if it was, as in a letter, the name of an addressee of messages in which the seal marked. Where as, this servant was a scribe of Jeroboam that sent messages. I am not an authority on the subject, just that I find it interesting. Since there was a Jeroboam in scripture that had fortified Shechem and was most likely was his capital for a time. His connection to Shechem and and the ten tribes would make for an interesting investigation since the word, "Shema" could have very well meant the current High Priest at Shechem, who was the representative of Shema, God. The High Priest at Shechem was very important to the religion and people in the region at that time.
Megiddo, the location of the discovery of this seal, was a military station of the Israelite horses and chariots. According to information a Jeroboam had an army of 300 chariots. Jeroboam ruled over Israel for 22 years and his brother ruled over Judah for 18 years. Shishak, the king of Egypt destroyed Megiddo (see I Kings 14:25-28 and II Chron. 12:2-12). This may have been the time when this seal was lost during end of Jeroboam's rule.
MiShomron LeShechem: Haeda HaShomronit Bet HaTikah by Menahem Mor, Jerusalem Zalman Shazar, 2003, 368 pages.
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