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Samaritans call themselves
Bene-Yisrael (“Children of Israel”), or Shamerim
Studies and Related
Meeting; New Orleans, LA
Keep Up with the Samaritan
Basketball team on
FANS of Samritan basketball team
Community Youth Club Samaritan on
האגדה השומרונית الا
A group of young Samaritans people who is interested in
their culture, heritage and the future of their small community, we establish
an association which is called Samaritan myth. This association is aimed on
the definition of Samaritan's culture and heritage the internal and external
be found on
Museum on Mount Gerizim.
A DOCUMENTARY on Samaritan brides from the Ukraine
purchased your book lately?
Notices Of The Modern Samaritans: Illustrated By Incidents In The Life
Of Jacob Esh Shelaby (1855) by Jacob Esh
Shelaby and Edward Thomas Rogers
- Mar 20, 2009)
Fasts, A Festschrift in Honor of Alan David Crown
Available from www.mandelbaum.
A DOCUMENTARY on Samaritan brides from the Ukraine
by H. Shehadeh
here for article in Arabic
Forth Coming Books
English Translation of the Samaritan Pentateuch
The first-ever English translation of the
Samaritan Pentateuch, prepared by Benyamin Tsedaka WILL be published by Logos.
The book shall be published near the end of
this year. We shall keep you informed when we learn more.
Book Has New Publication
SAMARITANS' PAST AND PRESENT:
Current Studies (Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Studies)
Menachem Mor (Editor) will now be on
sale November 30, 2009 from the Publisher, Walter de Gruyter.
Jews and Samaritans: The
Origins and History of Their Early Relations, by Gary Knoppers,
(Oxford University Press, 2010)
6-1/8 x 9-1/4;
Professor of Classics and Ancient
Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies, Pennsylvania
Ravit Sasony Recently Married Eyal Cohen
Ravit Sasony recently married Eyal Cohen on June, 9th, 2009.
Ravit is the daughter of Shoham Sassoni, sister of Osher Sassoni.
Eyal is the son of Elazar Cohen. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Cohen, a
Young Samaritan Couple. May you be Blessed
Rare Early Glass Slides of the Samaritan Pentateuch:
(200 C.E. – 700 C.E.)
We have followed up Professor Anati's ideas on Har Karkom as being
Mount Sinai and it has led to some additional discoveries:
Peter Tompkins in
Secrets of the Great Pyramid, Galahad Books, N.Y.,
1971, writes: "According to Hebrew
historians the original Jewish
center of worship was not
Jerusalem, but Mount Gerizim, a strictly
geodetic point 4° [4 degrees] east
of the main axis of Egypt. It was
only moved to Jerusalem after 980
Mount Gerizim =
Har Karkom in the Sinai part of ISRAEL
Our discovery is that this clearly means that
Mount Gerizim was Har Karkom (Geri=Kar, Zim=Kom).
As found at
Sources (Greek to English
Onomasticon 64:16-17 (ca. 295
A.D.); Jerome 65:16-17 (ca.
"Gerizim (Deut 11:29), is the
mountain on which stood those who
recited the blessings [Jerome
mistakenly writes: the curses], near
Mount Gebal of which we spoke
Har Karkom in
ISRAEL = Mount Sinai
We refer here particularly now to a great pioneer book by
Professor Emmanuel Anati,
The Riddle of Mount Sinai:
Archaeological Discoveries at Har Karkom, Edizioni del Centro, Studi
(a series of monographs on art, archaeology and history).
The book can be obtained from:
Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici
25044 Capo di Ponte (BS) Italy
Tel. (0039) 364 42091 - Fax (0039) 364 42572
Anati - in our opinion correctly, it is HIS discovery -
places the Biblical Mount Sinai at Har Karkom
in the NORTH of the Sinai Peninsula and not SOUTH
(as the mainstream currently and erroneously believes).
Har Karkom is full of megaliths and rock drawings. Har Karkom is
just south of the major ancient trails across Sinai, whereas the
South of Mount Sinai would have been next to impossible in ancient
times for a large number of people to reach on foot, as Exodus
Ancient Manuscript Database
TWENTY-ONE YEARS' WORK IN THE HOLY LAND: A RECORD AND A SUMMARY) JUNE 22, 1865— JUNE 22, 1886.
Published for the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
ALEXANDER P. WATT, 2, Paternoster Square. 1889.
LONDON : HARRISON AND SONS, PRINTERS IN ORDINARY TO HER MAJESTY, ST. iMARTIN's LANE. THE FIRST EXPEDITION. 45
Porter's " Five Years in Damascus " was re-discovered. Owing to the badness of the weather it was not advisable to persevere with the exploration at that time ; but it has been since resumed by Mr. Rogers, Her Majesty's Consul at Damascus, to whom a sum oi j(^^o has been voted by the Committee for that special object.
Besides determining the general form of the authentic synagogues, the excavations made at Kedes confirm the conjecture that the supposed synagogue there was a Greek temple, of about the same age as those at Baalbek. At Jerusalem, the gate Gennath, so-called, was found to be of comparatively modern construction ; and the continuation of the passage from the Bab el-Burak of the Haram, was discovered ; the vault is of massive, well-built masonry, and there seems no reason to doubt that it is one of the original entrances to the Herodian Temple.
On Mount Gerizim numerous excavations were made, under the direction of Lieutenant Anderson. Within the ruin known as the " Castle," the foundations of an octagonal church were laid bare, probably the one known to have been built there by Justinian. On the eastern side of the church is an apse, on the northern side the main entrance, and on each of the others doors leading to small side chapels. In the interior are the piers of a smaller octagon, apparently intended to carry a dome. The church and castle were found to be built on a rough platform of large stones laid together without mortar, and of this — ■
which may possibly be that on which the Samaritan Temple stood — the so-called " twelve stones " form a portion. No trace of large foundations could be found on the southern portion of the small plateau on which the castle stands. Close to the Holy Rock of the Samaritans a number
of human remains were dug up, but no clue could be obtained to their age or nationality.
Web Links of Articles
Visiting the Samaritans on their holy West Bank mountain
Posted by: Tom Heneghan
Samaritan High Priest Abdel Moin Sadaqa was
relaxing on his porch watching Al-Jazeera on a wide-screen TV when we
dropped by his home to talk about his ancient religion. “I like to keep
up with the news,” the 83-year-old head of one of the world’s oldest
and smallest religions explained as he turned down the volume. Told we
wanted to make him part of the news, more precisely part of a feature on
Samaritanism, he sat up, carefully put on his red priestly turban and
proceeded to chat away in the fluent English he learned as a boy under the
British mandate for Palestine. Our interview with him and other Samaritans
were the basis for my feature
“Samaritans use modern means to keep ancient faith.”
KIRYAT LUZA, West Bank-
It is no easy matter to be a Samaritan, much less a good one, in
these stressful times.
The list of their grievances is
considerable: apparent health problems, an export embargo on their famous
tahini, and, most worrisome, a shortage of brides.
Samaritans must endure the
mysterious scourge of the seven nearby communications towers – most of them
Israeli-built and controlled – whose electromagnetic radiation is deemed to be
a health hazard.
Read the full article
Samaritans celebrate Passover near Nablus
Nablus – Ma’an – Members of the tiny Samaritan sect gathered on Thursday on
the hilltop of Gerzeim Mountain, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank, to
celebrate the Passover holiday.
The entire Samaritan community totals just 723, and is considered the smallest
sect in the world. They live only near Nablus and in Holon inside Israel. The
Passover holiday is the most sacred for this sect and it symbolizes freedom
from slavery under Egypt's Pharaoh. Both men and women traditionally dress in
white while celebrating Passover.
A day before the Jewish Seder is held on the eve of the Passover holiday,
the Samaritan community gathers on the holy Mount Gerizim in the West Bank
to hold the their most important religious ceremony: the Passover
sacrifice. Photographer Amnon Kfir documented the ceremony during which
every family must sacrifice and eat a lamb
Samaritans celebrate Passover near
– Members of the tiny Samaritan sect gathered on Thursday on the hilltop
Mountain, south of
Nablus in the northern
West Bank, to celebrate the Passover
Samaritan Passover Shabbat! Written by the middle
Israel gears up for influx of
Christian pilgrims to West Bank
Blog The Samaritans and the Pascal Lamb
Last year (5767/07), nearly a month after (our) Pesach, I visited Har
Grizim to witness the Samaritans offering the Passover, Pascal Lamb,
sacrifice. Mount Grizim is also known as Har Bracha, the mountain of the
blessing due to the fact that when the Children of Israel entered the Promised
Land, the first thing they did was to carry out the commandment of "the
Blessings and Curses".
Great photos of the pilgrimage
“Who are the ‘fools’ in 4QNarrative and Poetic Compositiona-c?” In
Northern Lights on the
Dead Sea Scrolls: Proceeding of the Nordic Qumran Network 2003–2006,
Anders Klostergaard Petersen, et al. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of
Judah, 80, 119–133. Leiden;
Boston: Brill, 2009.
Voigt, ed. “Und das Leben ist siegreich!/”And Life is Victorious”:
Mandäische und samaritanische Literatur/Mandaean and Samaritan Literatures.
Im Gedenken an Rudolf Macuch/In Memory of Rudolf Macuch (191-1993).
Mandäistische Forschungen, 1.
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2008.
Old Testament Textual Criticism
Details the various manuscripts used in textual criticism such as the
Masoretic texts, Septuagints, Samaritan Pentateuch, Targums, Dead Sea Scrolls
and others. The book explains the various problems with textual transmission
but does not give many examples with the exception of the chapter on the book
Ruth. A full chapter views the differing textual traditions of some of the
passages in the book of Ruth.
Author: Ellis R. Brotzman
Format: Paperback, 208
Samaritanernas PŒskfest I Ord och Bild / Bibliska Blodsoffer I VŒra Dagar.
[Passover Celebrations of the Samaritans in Words and Pictures / Biblical
Blood Offerings in Our Time].
LARSSON, Lewis. Bookseller:
Simon Finch Rare Books
(London, ., United Kingdom) Book Description: Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Fšrlag, 1917., 1917. Large 4to
(312 x 229 mm), pp.56, . 80 black-and-white photographs, text by John D.
Whiting, Selma Lagerlšf and Sven Hedin. Top edge dyed black. Original
decorative paper-covered boards, upper side blocked in black and gilt with a
motif depicting a ram and a blade. Cloth spine and corners, spine blocked in
black and gilt; Occasional rubbing to boards at top and bottom edges, short
splits to hinges at head and foot, corners rubbed. Near-fine. First edition,
no.67 of 300 copies. This remarkable work made in the spring of 1914
constitutes the first photographic record of the Passover celebrations of the
Samaritans on Mount Gerazim: a twelve-hour ceremony, lasting from sunset to
dawn, in which Larsson shows the preparation and slaughter of the offerings,
portraits of the participants, and studies of them whilst they pray. In
January 1920 a selection of these photographs were published in National
Geographic under the title 'The Last Israelitish Blood Sacrifice'. In March
1915 a plague of locusts had devastated the land and by 1917 the British had
invaded Palestine as a province of the Ottoman Empire. Between 1910 and 1930
Larsson was principal photographer for the American Colony, a non-conformist
Christian sect based in Jerusalem. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries, the American Colony Photographers (who also included Elijah Meyers,
Furman Baldwin and later Eric Matson) jointly created a superlative collection
of photographs of Palestine and the Middle-East. After Larsson left the group,
Matson became exclusive owner of this archive, which he later donated to the
Library of Congress (somewhat controversially under the title of 'The Eric
Matson Collection'). Bookseller Inventory # 95966
Jewish and Samaritan Version of the Pentateuch with particular stress on the
differences between both texts. Exodus (Hamishe Humshei Torah: Nusach Yehudi,
Nusach Shomroni im me-duyakot shel ha-shinu'im bein shtei ha-nusachot. Sefer
Shemot lefi ktav yad Shomroni atik min hameah ha 11) [RARE].
Sadaqa, Avraham and Ratson Sadaqa. Bookseller:
ERIC CHAIM KLINE, BOOKSELLER (ABAA ILAB)
(Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A.)
Price: US$ 200.00 Book Description: R. Mass, Tel Aviv, 1964. 8vo. 65 pp. Original paper wraps
with title in Hebrew on front cover and English on rear. Separate Hebrew and
English title pages at beginning and end of book. Text is double column in
Hebrew. The Samaritan text is taken from a 12th century manuscript as
indicated on the Hebrew title page. Text in Hebrew. Minor sunning to wraps,
otherwise book is in very good condition. During the middle of the
twentieth-century, there was an attempt within the Samaritan community to
establish a received or authorized text. This task was primarily undertaken by
Avraham and Ratzon Sadaqa (or by his Samaritan name, Ratzon ben Binyamin ben
Shalach Sadaqa HaTzafri) of Holon, a community outside of Tel-Aviv where in
1954 , the president of Israel, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, helped to establish a
Samaritan quarter. As of November 1, 2007, there were 712 Samaritans, around
half of whom lived in Holon. (Source: Public Domain). Bookseller Inventory #
Watson, W. (William) Scott.
Series Analecta Gorgiana 79,
Gorgias Press ISBN 978-1-59333-892-3
The essays collected in this volume are dedicated to the study of two
particular Samaritan manuscripts of the Pentateuch. These are the first
scholarly accounts of each of these texts. The first two articles are an
introduction to a manuscript of the Samaritan Pentateuch that the author
acquired through a third party in Sidon, Syria. This manuscript can be dated
to 1232 CE. The final essay regards a manuscript of the Hebrew Pentateuch,
which was sent to him by the High Priest of the Samaritans in Nablus, Syria.
The second manuscript can be dated to 655 CE. At the time that these essays
were written these were two of the very earliest clearly datable copies of the
Pentateuch known to exist. In these three essays, Rev. Watson discusses the
physical, historical and literary features of the manuscripts.
Samaritan Pentateuch Manuscripts - Two First-Hand Accounts
by W. (William) Scott Watson Gp softcover Bookseller reference : 204490094 ISBN :