Sept-Dec. 2006  

Vol.  VI - No.1

In This Issue

  • Glass slide


  • The Torah

  • YIVO

  • Leap of Faith


  • Call for Papers

  • Mingana

  • Missed

  • Liturgy

  • Internet links

  • Biblio

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Feasts & Fasts, A Festschrift in Honor of Alan David Crown


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1880 Samaritan Rabbi&Torah Scroll Magic Lantern Slide

American Colony Magic Lantern Slides, Plain and Hand Colored Photographs.

Large, Cabinet and Stereoscopic Enlargements Plain, Sepia and Hand Colored of Palestine, Syria, Moab and Egypt Sold by Fr. Vester & Co. American Colony Store, Jerusalem, Palestine. Each slide measures 3 1/4" square. A rare find!


Recently a new article came out in vol. 37 No 1/2006 issue of the Theoforum by Reinhard Pummer of University of Ottawa, entitled, The Tabernacle in the Samaritan Tradition.

Special mention needs to be noted that if you have not purchased the current book, Bibliography of the Samaritans from Scarecrow Press, edited by Alan D. Crown and Reinhard Pummer. Scarecrow is presently offering all the bibliographies in the ATLA series at a discount of 15%. This book is presently being offered for a short time period for $85.00 instead of $100.00.

Their web site is:


The Torah: Jewish and Samaritan Versions Compared

by Mark Shoulson

A side-by-side comparison of the Masoretic text of the Five Books of Moses with a Samaritan version of the same text, with differences highlighted. (Hebrew) The book reads from right to left, so the blank cover shown above is actually the back cover. The front cover is shown above the left.

There is also a softcover version of this title.

Printed: 288 pages, 8.25" x 10.75", casewrap-hardcover binding, black and white interior ink Copyright: © 2006  Language: English Country: United States

Preview this book also see


YIVO NEWS (Institute for Jewish Research)

no. 2001~Spring 2006

Great story!

Samaritan Manuscript in the YIVO Library by Brad Sabin Hill Pg. 16-17


Leap of Faith

By Lily Galili

Imagine the following scene: Amid the pristine views from Mount Gerizim, in the heart of the small Samaritan community, as if it were a matter of course, two women who could be straight out of a different story are roaming around - Shura, who came from Ukraine and Lena, who arrived here from the plains of Siberia. 

Thank you for the article Haaretz and Lily Galili

Read the full article


KITAB AL-HULF,  (Book on the differences between the Samaritans and the Jews)

By Osher Sassoni

The book was written by the Priest Ab Hisda (Abu'l Hassan) the grandfather of my father ( father of his mom) who was the main Cantor in the synagogue in Nablus. He died in 1959 (if I am not wrong ). The book is kind of book of answers to the letters of European scholars, asking for the ways the Samaritans live, their kind of prayers, differences between the Jews and the Samaritans etc'. The book is divided into four subjects. Ab Hisda is the father of the former High Priest Yosef and the father of other 3 sons and four sisters. Recently one of his sons, Abraham ben Pinhas, who was publish with his picture in one of the updates died from an heart attack two days before the day of pardons this year. He was only 50 years old and left his wife and four daughters.
Ab Hisda himself had gone blind in his last year. It happened suddenly in the day of Shemini Atzeret during prayer. He copied and edited many books in his life. One of them is the book of the translation of the book of Tibbach into Samaritan Hebrew. Most of his books are still kept in his grandson on mount Gerizim). His other son is the one who making garments here in Holon, and the second one is the Vice High Priest Aharon son of Ab Hisda


Call for Papers

2007 Annual Meeting-Aramaic Studies -San Diego, CA
Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Aramaic studies section is intended to provide a forum for scholars interested in various aspects of Aramaic language. Previous paper topics have included aspects of the Targumim, Qumran Aramaic, Peshitta, Samaritan papyri, and Elephantine Aramaic.

Meeting Begins: 11/17/2007 Meeting Ends: 11/20/2007

Call For Papers Opens: 11/15/2006
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2007
Requirements to Submit a Paper Proposal


Saskatoon 2007: Call for Papers

The Ancient Historiography Seminar of the CSBS invites papers on self-identification, community identity, and ethnicity in Judahite/Yehudite historiography.

Papers are invited to address a range of related questions, such as the understanding, presentation, and delimitation of "Israel" in various biblical texts, the relationship of Israelites to Judahites in Judean historical writings, the definition of Israel over against other peoples, the possible reasons why the ethno-religious community ("Israel") was the focus of Judahite/Yehudite historiography, and the potential relationship of these issues to the Jewish-Samaritan controversy (at its earliest stages through the early part of the common era). Papers may approach the question from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary vantage points. For example, some may wish to pursue an inner-biblical perspective (Pentateuchal sources/writings, Former Prophets, Latter Prophets, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah), while others may wish to pursue a cross-cultural comparative perspective (e.g., Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Hellenistic and early Roman historiographies: Herodotus, Berossus, Manetho, Josephus; or be informed by non-Western historiographic traditions). Yet others may want to relate (or unrelate) the material remains to the question of community identity in northern Israel, monarchic Judah, and/or postmonarchic Yehud.

To be considered for our program, please submit a 250 word abstract to Ken Ristau (kar340 [at] psu [dot] edu) by December 1, 2006.


The Mingana Collection

The Mingana Collection, which was recently entrusted to the University by the Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust, consists of around 3,000 Arabic (Islamic and Christian), Syriac, Turkish, Persian, Hebrew, Ethiopic, Armenian, Georgian, Samaritan and other manuscripts dating from the 9 th to the 19 th centuries. The collection was brought together through the generosity of Edward Cadbury and collected by Alphonse Mingana during three travels to the Middle East in the 1920s.

Missed_@ AAR
November 18-21, 2006 Washington, DC, USA

Accordance Scholars Seminar
Monday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
Room Assignments Available Only to Members –

Theme: The New Tagged Texts

The scholars who prepare the new morphological texts for Accordance will present their sources and methods and discuss the issues involved in the difficult decisions. New advanced search capabilities for these texts will be demonstrated using recently released texts and those in preparation such as Samaritan Pentateuch, Qumran Bible, Pseudepigrapha, Vaticanus, and Apocryphal Gospels.

Speakers expected include Martin Abegg, Roy Brown, Craig Evans, Rex Koivisto, William Schneidewind, and Casey Toews.


A new scientific edition of the Samaritan Liturgy

Prof. Moshe Florentin from Tel-Aviv University is preparing a scientific edition of the Samaritan Liturgy. The Samaritan Liturgy consists of many poems, some of them dating back to the 4th century CE, composed in Samaritan Aramaic and Samaritan Hebrew.
The interesting thing about this form of Aramaic is that the Samaritans still use it today when they recite their prayers. Unlike neo-Aramaic dialects, this dialect “froze” approximately 1500 years ago, and since then was used only for liturgical purposes. It is believed, therefore, that this dialect has retained most of its early characteristics, so by listening to it we can get a rough idea what Palestinian Aramaic sounded like in the Byzantine era.
Florentin’s edition will consist of:

  • the text of the poems, according to early manuscripts, with a critical apparatus;
  • phonetic transcription of the hymns, as recited today by the Samaritans;
  • a translation of the hymns into English.

A year ago I submitted a paper to Prof. Florentin, which is a mini-edition of one poem, based on the manuscripts and audio files he collected for his upcoming edition. My last post contains the text and the audio file of that poem (with his kind permission). And here is the beginning of the poem as it appears in Ms. Vat. Sam. 3:


Internet links

Connecting with the Ancient Tribes by Judith Fein-The New Mexico Jewish Link Judith

Samaritans in Zinda magazine Oct. 16, 2006

The Samaritan Pentateuch - a support for Judaism

Temple, Church, Dome

Samaritan shares story of ancient culture


Nablus: Unbarmherziger Checkpoint bei den Samaritanern

The Beth Hashitta Mosaic Floor, A New perspective in the Light of the Samaritan lamps by V. Sussman


Some one is selling natural spring water from Mount Gerizim over the internet, should anyone know of this please contact us.


RELIGIOUS RIVALRIES IN THE EARLY ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF CHRISTIANITY [Leif E Vaage, Editor] We know how the story of the Roman Empire ended with the 'triumph' of Christianity and the eventual Christianisation of the Roman Mediterranean. But how would religious life have appeared to an observer at a time when the conversion of the emperor was only a Christian pipe dream? And how would it have appeared in one particular city, rather than in the Roman Empire as a whole? This volume takes a detailed look at the religious dimension of life in one particular Roman city Caesarea Maritima, on the Mediterranean coast of Judea. Caesarea was marked by a complex religious identity from the outset. Over time, other religious groups, including Christianity, Mithraism and Samaritanism, found a home in the city, where they jostled with each other, and with those already present, for position, influence and the means of survival. Written by a team of seasoned scholars and promising newcomers, this book brings a new perspective to the study of religion in antiquity. Along with the deliberate goal to understand religion as an urban phenomenon, 'Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Caesarea Maritima' studies religious groups as part of the dynamic process of social interaction, spanning a spectrum from coexistence, through competition and rivalry, to open conflict. The cumulative result is a fresh and fascinating look at one of antiquity's most interesting cities. { 326pp, 155x230mm, April 2005; HB, £46.50, 0889204497:9780889204492 , Wilfrid Laurier University Press }


RELIGIOUS RIVALRIES AND THE STRUGGLE FOR SUCCESS IN CAESAREA MARITIMA [Terence L Donaldson, Editor] Contains 16 contributions representing work drawn from a multi-year seminar conducted through the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. North American and European contributors, primarily associated with religiously affiliated universities, address literary, inscriptional, and archaeological evidence on Pagans, Samaritans, Jews, and Christians, including how each group interacted with the religious 'other', as well as studies exploring the Caesarea centurion Cornelius and Roman army religion, pagan-Jewish revelries in Caesarea and Alexandria, and other topics. { 398pp, 155x230mm, May 2000; PB, £19.50, 0889203482:9780889203488 , Wilfrid Laurier University Press }


LA SYRIE D'AUJOURD'HUI by M. Lortet, doyen de la faculté de médecine de Lyon in 1875-1878. COMPLET TRAVEL

384 pages without binding in french text. 

original pages from 1880,

384 pages, 297 very beautiful engravings, 72 covered all the page

grande colonnade à Samarie, le mont Garizim, Naplouse, le manuscrit du Pentateuque, le grand prêtre Amran, la roche sacrée au mont Garizim, samaritains de Naplouse


Music in Ancient Israel/Palestine: Archaeological, Written, and Comparative Sources by Joachim Braun 2002 by Eerdmans Pub Co. ISBN 0802844774

    (Fourth Century B.C.–Fourth Century A.D.)

    1. Apotropaic Bells
    2. Idumean Hunting and Mourning Music and the Jewish Temple Trumpets
    3. The Nabatean-Safaitic Culture
    4. Instruments of Avant-Garde Professionals and Conventional Folk-Musicians
    5. The Cult of Dionysus
    6. Musical Instruments in Samaritan Areas
    7. Musical Instruments as Symbols of Cult, State, and Identity
    8. The Shofar: Tool of Sound and Ritual, Symbol of Faith and National Identity


  • How the Bible was Built

    by Charles Merrill Smith and James W. Bennett

    Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co 2005 ISBN: 0802829430


    The First Wing — the Old Testament

    The Cornerstone of the Bible

    What Was So Special about the Book of Deuteronomy?

    What Is the Pentateuch?

    The Story of the Samaritans


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