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Differences Between Samaritan-Israelites and Jews
of their Religious Beliefs

   The Samaritan-Israelites are the descendents of the northern kingdom of Israel and are not Jewish. The Jews are the descendents from reign of the southern kingdom of Judea. Both are of Israelite ancestry.

   The Samaritan-Israelites have much in common with the Jewish people yet many beliefs have their differences. An example; a Samaritan-Israelite must follow the Torah, or be expelled from the community while the Jewish people have many divisions of religious zeal.

 

 

 

Samaritan-Israelites

  1. Remnant of the northern kingdom of Israel
  2. Small in number (under 700 souls)
  3. One level of religious belief
  4. Only live in the land of Israel
  5. Patrilineal lineage (child of father)
  6. Mount Gerizim is the center of worship
  7. Prayers made facing Mount Gerizim
  8. Torah is the only Holy Scripture
  9. The Samaritans have their own Torah
  10. Torah is mostly in the Ancient Hebrew script
  11. Authority of Torah is the Levite Priests
  12. Complete list of High Priesthood of Pinhas
  13. Torah not supplemented
  14. Ten Commandments
  15. Scripture has altar built on Mount Gerizim
  16. Scripture has, ‘mount I have chosen’
  17. Messiah, called Taheb, from sons of Joseph or Levi
  18. Calendar reckoning using lunar and solar
  19. Makes and bakes matzos (unleavened Bread)
  20. Actually has a Passover Sacrifice
  21. Do not celebrate Purim or Hanukkah
  22. Counting of Omer starts the day after Passover
  23. Do not eat or drink when fasting
  24. Do not light candles on the Sabbath
  25. Samaritans do not have sex on the Sabbath
  26. Does not wears head cover all the time
  27. Do not wear Tefillin as the Jews interpret it
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Jewish-Israelites

  1. Followers of the southern kingdom of Judah
  2. Millions in number
  3. Many levels of religious beliefs
  4. Live around the world
  5. Matrilineal lineage (child of mother)
  6. Jerusalem is the center of worship
  7. Prayers made facing Jerusalem
  8. Torah and Old Testament is Holy Scripture
  9. The Jewish people have their own Torah
  10. Torah- uses Babylonian square Hebrew script
  11. Authority of Torah is the Rabbis
  12. Incomplete list of High Priesthood of Pinhas
  13. Torah is supplemented
  14. Nine Commandments
  15. Scripture has altar built on Mount Ebal
  16. Scripture has, ‘mount I will choose’
  17. The Messiah, will come from the tribe of Judah
  18. Calendar reckoning using lunar only
  19. Buys factory matzos (unleavened Bread)
  20. Does not have a Passover Sacrifice
  21. Do celebrate Purim or Hanukkah
  22. Counting of Omer starts day after the Sabbath after Passover
  23. Do not eat when fasting
  24. Jews will have sex on the Sabbath
  25. Do light candles on the Sabbath
  26. Head cover worn most of the time (orthodox)
  27. Wear Tefillin at all times (orthodox)
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