February 27, 2003
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Mount Gerizim, All the Days of Our Lives
Early yesterday morning it snowed on Mount Gerizim
and the surrounding area.
The Good Samaritan in the Middle of the Fire
By Osher Sassoni
Most of us know the famous story from the new testament, about the
Samaritan who found a wounded man on the road and then helped him. These
days, the Good Samaritan needs help, which he is unable to find.
While the soldiers were exercising an assault procedure, some bullet clusters were shoot over the big windows of the building (forest garden), some meters from the high priest's house. The two terrorists were hiding behind the inner palisade, some meters from the soldiers. One of the soldiers, sergeant Iddan Suzin was deadly wounded from the first shots. The soldiers rushed to return fire whereas one of the terrorists was hit and died. The commander of the Israeli forces on mount Gerizim, Amir Ben Arye was killed in the attack. A second Israeli unit climbed to the roof of the building, surprised the second terrorist, and killed him. While searching for the second terrorist, two other Israeli soldiers were wounded.
This is not first time the Samaritans found themselves under fire, a little browsing through the news archive on this site can describe the situation which the Samaritans have fallen into. The economic situation on the mount is getting worse, most of the weeks they can't even work because Nablus is isolated by the Israeli Army And even the little kids can't go to their school. There is no municipal services on the mount. Try to imagine that even if one of the kids is sick, they need to drive 15 Km to the nearest hospital in Ariel.
The Samaritans will never leave the mount, like the prayer which every Samaritan say everyday- "And mount Gerizim all the days of our life." But in these days, when the Samaritan himself is in trouble who will be his Good Samaritan ???
On February 16th. more shots were fired, this time on a empty parked Samaritan car. Luckily no one was hurt!
The Samaritan Passover Sacrifice this coming year
will occur on April, 15th, 2003
This will be the evening of the 14th day of the first month of the 3642 year
since the Israelites entered the land of Canaan.
Our Discussion Board is Active at Our Website!
On January 1, 2003, the Samaritan Communities numbered 656 persons
Concerning the Tenth Commandment
By Benyamim Tsedaka
IN THE SAMARITAN ISRAELITE VERSION THE FIRST COMMANDMENT IN THE JEWISH-ISRAELITE VERSION: I AM YOUR GOD.... IS NOT A COMMANDMENT BUT GOD IS INTRODUCING HIMSELF TO HIS PEOPLE AND THEN CAME THE FIRST COMMANDMENT IN THE SAMARITAN ISRAELITE VERSION WHICH IS THE SECOND IN THE JEWISH ISRAELITE VERSION. COMMANDMENT STYLE IS "DO!" OR "DON'T", WHICH IS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FIRST COMMANDMENT IN THE JEWISH ISRAELITE VERSION. SO IT IS OBVIOUS THAT IN THE JEWISH VERSION THERE ARE ONLY 9[!] COMMANDMENTS. THE MISSING ONE APPEARS IN THE SAMARITAN ISRAELITE VERSION:
"When Shema your God will bring you to the land of the Canaanite , which you are going to inherit it, you shall set yourself up great stones, and lime them with lime, and you shall write on them all the words of this law. It shall be, when you are passed over the Jordan [river], you shall set up these stones, which I command you today, in Mount Gerizim. [The Tenth Commandment] There shall you build an altar to Shema your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no iron tool on them. You shall build the altar of Shema your God of uncut stones; and you shall offer burnt offerings thereon to Shema your God: and you shall sacrifice offerings, and shall eat there; and you shall rejoice before Shema your God. [the seven location witnesses]:
NOTE; THE ISRAELITE SAMARITANS DON'T PRONOUNCE THE LETTERS YOT-HEY-VAV-HEY NOR THE FORM 'YEHWA' BUT IN EACH PLACE WHERE THIS FORM WRITTEN IN THE TORAH THEY PRONOUNCE: SHEMA[=THE NAME] AND SEE MY ARTICLE IN THIS REGARD IN BOTH SITES. THE MASTER VERSION OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IS THAT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS, CHAPTER 20,1-14[The tenth commandment is after between verses 14 and 15]
Please be aware to replace 'Yehwa" by Shema in each place in the introduction and the first 9 commandments. I have to find more time to correct them through the Samaritan Israelite interpretation that in many places differs from the King James Version.
(Also see the article The Samaritan Tenth Commandment by Moses Gaster, Dec. 19, 2002 issue of the Samaritan Update. Just go to the Index of our issues.)
Paradigms of the Samaritan Verbs from 1855
Joseph's Tomb in Shechem [Nablus]
By Shechem.org, Updated regularly
Samaritan Manuscripts and Inscriptions
From the Editor
Today, many Samaritan manuscripts can be found in Library and museums throughout the world. Many of these manuscripts locations have been well known to scholars of Samaritan studies and Biblical studies. These manuscripts are not commonly known by the community that lives near these educational buildings. Few of these manuscripts are very seldom displayed for viewing but in some areas they may be.
We have put together a large number of known locations of Samaritan manuscripts and inscriptions. This should simplify the busy schedule that we all seem to have. The locations shown on the web page has a very brief description of the contains of the holdings. Along with this is the internet web page of these institutions. E-mail contacts of these institutions can be found on their web pages, whether it is a University library or a museum. There are few web pages that we have not located so far, but we will post them and any new information on this web page in the future. If you should know of any Samaritan manuscripts or inscriptions whether in an institution or for sale, please contact us at Shomron@yahoo.com. We hope you enjoy the web page! We will post the page at the main web site soon.
A Wonderful Book to Recommend
Recently I have been asked about books by people that want to learn more concerning the Samaritans and their religion. I used to loan books to such people as The Theology of the Samaritans by John McDonald and Samaritans and Jews, the Origins of Samaritanism Reconsidered by R. J. Coggins. But I found that people had a hard time keeping interest in the books. Today I recommend the book by Robert Anderson and Terry Giles, The Keepers: An Introduction to the History & Culture of the Samaritans, by ISBN 1565635191 (April 2002) Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., Hardcover. The people interested in learning of the Samaritans appear to like this book much better. The cost of the book is usually under twenty dollars and is full of information. It is good to have book that will help people understand the Samaritans and their religious life. I recommend have one or two extra copies to loan out to friends that may be interested in learning more. Thanks Robert and terry for giving us this book! The books can be purchased at almost any web based book store but me sure to store for the best price, it varies.
Common Land with Elective Government
The Case of Israel
By Fred E. Foldvary
There is an additional Israelitish ancestry of modern Palestinians. Samaria, the northern part of the West Bank, was purchased by King Omri of the ancient Kingdom of Israel. He built a city called "Samaria," named after the previous owner, "Shemer" (1 Kings 16:24). Samaria became the capital of the Northern Kingdom, Israel. The Assyrians conquered Samaria in 721 B.C. and carried away many of the Israelites. The king of Assyria brought in people from Syria, Babylon and other areas and settled them in Samaria (2 Kings 17). They intermarried with the remaining Israelites and became the Samaritans, still identified as such in the New Testament, with a remnant still identified as Samaritans around Shechem, now known as Nablus (Epp, 1970, p. 63). Hence, some Palestinians are descendants not only of Judeans but also of Israelites who became Samaritans.http://www.foldvary.net/works/ispal.html
The Books From Good Books
In the Dec. 19th, 2002 issue of the Samaritan Update we ran an article on Scholarly Reprints by Good Books. I myself ordered four of their books on Dec. 19, 2003 by mailing them a check. I waited for the books to come, expecting them any day. Finally when the books never came, I went to their web site to locate a phone number but to my surprise there is no number displayed. I felt as if I lost my money. But this week I went to the post office and to my surprise a box was there. I noticed the corner marking from Good Books. When I opened the box, I was happy at the quality of the bindings of the books, the quality of the letters on the pages. The book is well bound and will add to my library.
If you have ordered books from Good Books, it may take longer than expected. It appeared to take almost ten weeks from the mailing of a check to receiving my books. Have patience the well priced books are worth the wait.
Samaritan Funeral, Mount Gerizim near Nablus, West Bank -June 23, 2001
This audio panorama shows the funeral of Levi ben Abisha Hacohen, 81, the high priest of the Samaritan community which numbers only 650 people and claims to be descended from the tribes of Joseph. They speak Arabic but pray in ancient Hebrew and base their faith on the first five books of the Bible.
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