July/Aug 2010

Vol.  IX - No.6

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·      Festivals

·      Legend

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·      Articles

·      Links

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·       Books for sale

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     The Samaritans call themselves

    Bene-Yisrael (“Children of Israel”), or Shamerim (“Observant Ones”)



    Studies and Related Conferences:


    SBL Annual Meeting

    The 2010 Annual Meeting will be in Atlanta
    November 20-23

    The SBL Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of biblical scholars in the world.


    2011 International Meeting

    London, United Kingdom

    Meeting Begins: 7/3/2011
    Meeting Ends: 7/8/2011

    Call For Papers Opens: 10/1/2010
    Call For Papers Closes: 1/31/2011

    View the 2011 International Meeting Program Units >>
    Requirements to Submit a Paper Proposal


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    Samaritan Studies (EABS)



    Missed Conferences


    Συνέδριο για τους Σαμαρίτες και τη Βίβλο / Conference on Samaritans and the Bible





    Keep Up with the Samaritan Basketball team on FANS of Samaritan basketball team

    Community Youth Club Samaritan on Facebook.com


    سطورة السامرية

    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 one.

    Security Mount Gerizim

    A group of young people keen on the security of Mount Gerizim

    Both groups can be found on Facebook.com

    and see




    Important Links


    Samaritan Museum on Mount Gerizim.

    New Samaritans-

    A DOCUMENTARY on Samaritan brides from the Ukraine



     Have you 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 (Paperback - Mar 20, 2009) 


    Forth Coming Books

    The English Translation of the Samaritan Pentateuch

    Update on the English Translation of the Samaritan Pentateuch from Logos

    Unknown publication date


      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.



  • Up Coming Festivals

    The Seventh Month Festival - Friday, October 8, 2010

    The Day of Atonement - Sunday. October 17, 2010

    The Booth Festival - Friday, October 22, 2010

    The Eighth Day of Assembly - Friday, October 29, 2010


    About The Samaritan Legend Association

    The idea of establishing the Association first started by a group of young Samaritan men and women. Despite the importance of this communion religiously, historically and socially as well as the nobility of their customs, traditions and culture as one of the ancient and successive civilizations on The Holy Land, it did not receive sufficient attention from authors, researchers and many others. Therefore we thought that it was our duty as people belonging to the Samaritan sect that today represents the smallest, oldest and most prestigious communion in the world, that lived and still live on the land of Palestine, to represent it in a way that shows all its aspects and related issues. Here came along the idea of establishing this association with the aim of achieving many goals.


    Message of the Samaritan Legend Association

    Our message is clear in trying to provide the truth about the Samaritan sect. We sincerely hope and have great confidence that our association will gain the interest and admiration of many in its attempt to provide informational services in the future that will help in understanding the traditions and customs of our people.


    Objectives of the Association

    1 - Providing information on the Samaritan sect and religion, including their history, habits, traditions, religious rituals and other related things.
    2 -  Expressing the Samaritan real identity, since there are still a lot of people who believe that this sect is Jewish. This sect which is represented by a minority of not more than730 people could, through ages, preserve and maintain  their own  Samaritan identity as Israelis not Jews. There are a lot of  radical differences between Samaritans and Jews that are obvious to any researcher.
    3 -Being a bridge to world peace. We appeal for peace and hope it will be achieved in the near future across all the Palestinian territories to live in peace and harmony.
    4 - Maintaining the heritage, culture and history of the Samaritan communion.
    5 -  Popularizing the Samaritan culture and history to the world through conferences, seminars and lectures.
    6 - Putting an end to erroneous beliefs about the Samaritan sect as being a Jewish community.
    7 - Highlighting the Samaritan point of view of peace.
    8 - Communicating with all segments of society.
    9 - Helping young Samaritan people in their study and other things.



    Society received the first Tuesday legend Mission Irish delegation at its headquarters in Mount Gerizim was discussed several important matters concerning the parties and after the delegation were taken to the Museum of Gerizim. Where the delegation included a number of journalists and human rights activists



    Latest News

    Public Transportation to Mount Gerizim

    Reported: 11:45 AM - Aug/09/10

    For the first time the country's history, beginning Monday, regular public transport will be provided to the Samaritan village on Mount Gerizim near Shechem in central Samaria.
    The move was made under a plan by Minister of Transportation, Israel Katz, to provide public transportation to all non-Jewish communities in Israel. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/191770




     Wealth of Samaritan Related Articles


    The Center for Online Judaic Studies is a wealth of articles on the Samaritans. An example is the article by Alan D. Crown. “The Abisha Scroll—3,000 Years Old?” Bible Review 7, 5 (1991) It is located in a section called Jewish-Samaritan Relations (520 BCE-7th Century CE) located at  http://cojs.org/cojswiki/Jewish-Samaritan_Relations_%28520_BCE-7th_Century_CE%29

    If you enter the word Samaritans in the upper search box, you will find more than 50 references.

    Here is another interesting article, Samaritan Ten Commandments, 7th-12th century  http://cojs.org/cojswiki/Samaritan_Ten_Commandments%2C_7th-12th_century Enjoy the search and articles http://cojs.org/cojswiki/Main_Page

    Also a link to Nova can be found Rituals of the Samaritans http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bible/extr-08-i.html



    Internet Links

    Apollonia-Arsuf Excavation Project Dr. Oren Tal The Site and the Excavations
    Apollonia-Arsuf is located in the northwestern part of the modern city of Herzliya on a kurkar (fossilized dune sandstone) ridge overlooking the Mediterranean shore (Fig. 1). The site lies 17 km north of Joppa and 34 km south of Caesarea. The ground of the eastern part of the site rises 35 m above sea level, and from there gently slopes down to the west, to about 20 m above sea level (Fig. 2).

    con't http://www.tau.ac.il/humanities/archaeology/projects/proj_apollonia.html

    [PDF] A Pluriform Analysis of Numbers 10.11-14.45 by David C. Hymes A ...by DC Hymes - 2009
    Samaritan Pentateuch, Edited According to MS 6 (C) of the Shekhem Synagogue, which. 38 Eugene Ulrich, Frank Moore Cross, James R. Davila, Nathan Jastram, ...

    The Historical Importance of the Samaria Papyri

    By Frank Moore Cross



    [PDF] Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Zion: A Study in the Early History of the ...

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - by GN Knoppers - Cited by 1 - Related articles the Samaritans and Jews in the first centuries of the Common Era. Until the last ... Essays Presented to Frank Moore Cross, Jr., ed. B. Halpern and J. D.


    Old-time religion in new-fangled (sort of) Israel
    08/04/2010  by Sue Swartz article with great photos



    Har Gerizim: Military Area Closed Only to Jews


    A group of girls arrived before evening Sunday at Mitzpeh Yosef on the Samarian Har (Mt.) Gerizim and had a discussion within the framework of the Hebrew Cities March, which started in the Samarian Jewish community of Shevut Ami on Sunday and is scheduled to continue to the Dead Sea city of Jericho by Tuesday. A group of boys did not get there after the commander of the Samaria Brigade declared a "closed military zone" on the highway from the Jewish community of Har Bracha in the direction of the Samaritan neighborhood, claiming that a gathering on hill known as Tel Ar-Ras was illegal.

    Participants in the march said only travel by Jews was banned and that the Samaritans were allowed to travel freely. FULL ARTICLE AT Israel National News


    One God Supreme: A Case Study of Religious Tolerance and Survival by Michael Meerson


    Currents in Biblical Research- What do Jews and Samaritans have in Common by Ingrid Hjelm



    SAMARITANS  opera of Yuval Avital                                 

    The realization of the opera Samaritans has been shaped by field research done by the composer in collaboration with Prof. Nicola Scaldaferri, supported by Magà Global Arts Around The World, with the help of the Leav, University of Milan.
    A primary goal of the research was to gather sound and visual examples for the multimedia section of the opera, and experimentation with the traditional singers of new creative possibilities based on an analysis of Samaritan music. However, this produced findings of scientific interest and in a constant dialogue between the artistic dimension and the ethno-musicological research.
    read the entire at http://magaglobalarts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=26


    The Samaritans (el-Samiriyyün) and Some Theological Issues Between Samaritanism and Islam ... AÜiFDXlV(2004). s3j'T ii, s. ISS-/~2 The Samaritans (el-Samiriyyün) and Some Theological Issues Between Samaritanism and Islam I'EHRULLAH

    The Samaritans (שומרונים Shomronim, in Hebrew) are a small tribe of people who live near Shechem (Nablus) who call themselves Bnei Yisrael. Re ... Welcome to 10 Minute Topics This week’s topic is: Samaritans The Samaritans (‫ שומרונים‬Shomronim, in Hebrew) are a small

    Mounts Ebal and Gerizim study of Mounts Ebal and Gerizim, both important to the Israelites in the Old Testament. ... Mount gerizim and Mount ebal Deu 11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; Deu 11:27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of...


    Überlegungen zur Möglichkeit einer "Topographie religiöser Gruppen" in Samarien zur neutestamentlichen Zeit







    New Biblio and Rare Books


    Several False Gods Worshipped by the Samaritans  

    CALMET, Antoine, Augustine


    p. 595 Antoine Augustine Calmet (1672-1757) was a French Benedictine monk and theologian, who published several volumes of pioneering studies which utilized historical and factual information in order to interpret and understand Bible stories. His major work was a multi-volume work known in English as Calmet's Dictionary of the Bible. That work and his later reworkings and additions to that text were widely admired and translated into many languages in the 1720s and 30s, including Dutch. Copper engraving. Uncoloured Very good condition. Original central fold as issued. 45 x 33 cm.


    Atrium linguae sanctae Ebraicae, genuinam lectionem, sex horis ostendens: cui addita, uberioris profectus causa, quaedam alia; Followed by: Peristylium linguae sanctae Ebraicae: quo exhibetur grammaticae pars altera. Two volumes in one. DILHERRUS, J.M. Book Description: haeredes Endterorum 1659-60, Nürnberg, 1659. Small 8vo. 219 p.Various short additamenta take him further with information on the alphabet, the Samaritan script,etc.


    Studia orientalia Ioanni Pedersen septuagenario A.D. VII id. nov. anno MCMLIII / a collegis discipulis amicis dicata
    Pedersen, Johannes [1883-1977]

    Book Description: Ejnar Munksgaard, Hauniae, 1953. orig.wrappers Rubbed. Some hinge tears. Spine cracked. Good. 26x18cm, xx,390 pp. A festschrift containing 37 papers in English, French, and German. Includes: Hohe Beamte in Ugarit; Al-Qushairi as Traditionalist; Remarks on the Canonisation of the Song of Solomon; Three Egyptian Anthropoid Stone Sarcophagi; On the Arabic Versions of the Pentateuch; Gott und das Meer in der Bibel; Zwei demotische Briefe; The Social Significance of the Shu' ubiya; Ugaritic Negations; The Turkish System of Kinship; Der Sufyani; The Surname of Judas Iscariot; Wounds in the Head in Egyptian & Hippocratic Medicine; On the Textile Industry at Ur under Ibbi-Sin; The Abisha Scroll of the Samaritans; Arabische Hypokoristika; The Egyptian Calendar; Literacy & Oral Tradition in Ancient Mesopotamia; La vie et oeuvres de Ruzbehan Baqli; Metrischer Aufbau und Textkritik an ps. 8 illustriert; Ass & Ox in the Old Testament; Saracenic Blazons on Glass from Hama; Menelaus &the Abomination of Desolation; Bemerkungen zu dem juridischen Turiner- Papyrus; As-Sulami's Kitab Al-Futuwwa; The Parable of the Climbing Juggler;Quelques remarques sur l'emasculation rituelle chez les peuples semitiques; etc.


    See also for review http://www.jstor.org/pss/1516459



    Purchasing Samaritan Books Online

    From the Editor

    Searching the internet for Samaritan books can be quit the challenge. I use the two larger websites, Amazon.com and Abebooks.com. Recently, I looked at  Samaritan Scribes & Manuscripts (Texts & Studies in Ancient Judaism, 80) (ISBN: 3161474902 / 3-16-147490-2) by Alan David Crown. On Abebooks, the price is $248.18 to $396.80 for new books. Amazon.com has a price ranging from 151.00 to 214.97 for used books and 164.50 to 404.32 for new. in this case Amazon has the3 best price of 164.50 for a new book, a savings of 83.68 not meaning shipping charges, which should be calculated in. Sometimes if you are not careful, the shipping charges can be expensive and out of line. So be frugal in your purchases.



    Books from F. Perez Castro on the Abisha Scroll found in Spain


    Bookseller: Palabras & Cosas (Madrid, MAD, Spain)
    Book Description: C.S.I.C., Madrid., 1961. Rústica. Book Condition: Buen estado. De Sefarad XXI. 4º. 8pp. 1 lámina.


    PÉREZ DE CASTRO, Federico.

     libreria anticuaria jerez (RIVAS-VACIAMADRID, ESP, Spain)
    Book Description: Inst. Arias Montano-C.S.I.C., M., 1959. tela editorial con sobrecubierta. Estudio, transcripción, aparato crítico y facsímiles. Tamaño: folio menor LIII + 113 pag. + XXIV lams. con reproducciones facsímiles sobre cartulina ahuesada,


    REVISTA Año 21 nº.1 - FRAGMENTO INEDITO DEL SEFER ABISA por F. Perez Castro Sefarad

    Bookseller: libreria 7 soles (Torrelodones, ., Spain)

    Book Description: 1961, Madrid, C.S.I.C.Instituto Estudios Hebraicos, 1ª edicion, 25x18, pags.1 a 217 sin desbarbar, tapa rustica impresa a 2 tintas, 400 grs., buen estado.


    Séfer Abisa’. Edición del fragmento antiguo del rollo sagrado del Pentateuco hebreo samaritano de Nablus. PÉREZ CASTRO, F.:

    Bookseller: Salvador Cortés, Librero Anticuario (S. Lorenzo del Escorial, Mad, Spain) Book Description: CSIC,, Madrid, 1959. liii+113 pp., 24 láms. 4º mayor. Tela editorial.



    Bookseller: Librería Maestro Gozalbo (Valencia, VA, Spain)
    Book Description: Seminario Filológico Cardenal Cisneros, Madrid, 1959. 114 + 24 láminas facsímiles 28 x 19 cm. Cartoné con sobrecubierta Edición del fragmento antiguo del rollo sagrado del pentateuco hebreo samaritano de Nablus. Estudio, transcripción, aparato crítico y facsímiles.



    Bookseller: Palabras & Cosas (Madrid, MAD, Spain)

    Book Description: Seminario Filológico Cardenal Cisneros., Madrid., 1959. Rústica. Book Condition: Buen estado. Folio. LIII+113+XXIV, láminas facsímiles.





    Samaritan High Priests: Samaritan High Priest, Saloum Cohen, Yoseph Ben Ab-Hisda Ben Yaacov Ben Aaharon, Baba Rabba [Paperback] Books LLC (Creator)

    Product Details: Paperback: 22 pages, Publisher: Books LLC (June 24, 2010), Language: English,  ISBN-10: 1158587066, ISBN-13: 978-1158587063

    Product Description:

    Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Samaritan High Priest, Saloum Cohen, Yoseph Ben Ab-Hisda Ben Yaacov Ben Aaharon, Baba Rabba, Elazar Ben Tsedaka Ben Yitzhaq, Levi Ben Abisha Ben Phinhas Ben Yitzhaq, Aharon Ben Ab-Chisda Ben Yaacob. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The Samaritan High Priest is the high priest (kohen gadol) of the Samaritan community in the Middle East. According to Samaritan tradition, the office has existed continuously since Aaron, the brother of Moses. This would not be accepted by all historians, but the office may well go back to the Hellenistic period, which would still make it the oldest office in the world. One account in Josephus suggest that it is an offshoot of the Zadokite high priests in Jerusalem from around the time of Alexander the Great. ... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=22266908


    A specimen of an essay for to find out and ascertain the true or original reading of the Hebrew text, in all places where it now differs, either from the ... Samaritan Pentateuch. By Edward Wells (Author) Product Details:

    Paperback: 36 pages Publisher: Gale ECCO, Print Editions (June 24, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1171119879 ISBN-13: 978-1171119876

    Product Description

    The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars.
    The Age of Enlightenment profoundly enriched religious and philosophical understanding and continues to influence present-day thinking. Works collected here include masterpieces by David Hume, Immanuel Kant, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, as well as religious sermons and moral debates on the issues of the day, such as the slave trade. The Age of Reason saw conflict between Protestantism and Catholicism transformed into one between faith and logic -- a debate that continues in the twenty-first century.

    A letter to the Reverend Mr. Kennicott, in which his defence of the Samaritan Pentateuch is examined, and his second dissertation is shewn to be in many instances injudicious and inaccurate By T. Rutherforth (Author) Paperback: 186 pages Publisher: Gale ECCO, Print Editions (June 16, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1170991963 ISBN-13: 978-1170991961


    An account of the Samaritans; in a letter to J---- M------, Esq; See Notes Multiple Contributors (Author)  Paperback: 114 pages Publisher: Gale ECCO, Print Editions (June 10, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 117002548X ISBN-13: 978-1170025482


    Palestinian Religious Leaders: Palestinian Archbishops, Palestinian Imams, Samaritan High Priests, Mohammad Amin Al-Husayni by Books LLC (Paperback - Jun 10, 2010) Books LLC (Creator) Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Books LLC (June 10, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1157901441 ISBN-13: 978-1157901440


    Biblical Criticism: Documentary Hypothesis, Flat Earth, Q Document, Higher Criticism, Deuterocanonical Books, Samaritan Torah, Synoptic Problem Books LLC (Creator)  Paperback: 664 pages Publisher: Books LLC (June 6, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1157699790 ISBN-13: 978-1157699798


    Abjad Writing Systems: Arabic Alphabet, Hebrew Alphabet, Aramaic Alphabet, Phoenician Alphabet, Abjad, Samaritan Script, Syriac Alphabet [Paperback] Books LLC (Creator) Paperback: 146 pages Publisher: Books LLC (June 5, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1157679129 ISBN-13: 978-1157679127


    Bible Versions and Translations: Septuagint, Masoretic Text, Vulgate, Samaritan Torah, Artscroll, Alexandrian Text-Type, Byzantine Text-Type [Paperback] Books LLC (Creator) Paperback: 412 pages Publisher: Books LLC (June 4, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1157591345 ISBN-13: 978-1157591344


    Torah: Masoretic Text, Sacrifice, Samaritan Torah, the Bible Code, Shittah-Tree, Biblical and Talmudic Units of Measurement, Nose-Jewel  Books LLC (Creator) Paperback: 154 pages Publisher: Books LLC (May 31, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1157529097 ISBN-13: 978-1157529095


    Samaritan Culture and History: Simon Magus, Samaria, Justin Martyr, Sargon Ii, Tribe of Ephraim, Parable of the Good Samaritan Books LLC (Creator) Paperback: 66 pages Publisher: Books LLC (May 29, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1157341330 ISBN-13: 978-1157341338


    Samaritans: Samaritan, Al-Khadra Mosque, Sanballat the Horonite, Delos Synagogue, Eudokia of Heliopolis, Julianus Ben Sabar, Abu L-Fath Books LLC (Creator) Paperback: 56 pages Publisher: Books LLC (May 29, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1157341322 ISBN-13: 978-1157341321



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