July/August 2009

Vol.  VIII - No.6

In This Issue

·      Religious texts

·      Ebay

·      Samaritan Legend

·      Israeli

·      Web Links

·         Publications


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     The Samaritans call themselves

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




    Studies and Related Conferences:

    2009 SBL Annual Meeting; New Orleans, LA

    Meeting Begins: 11/21/2009
    Meeting Ends: 11/24/2009






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    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.

    Can be found on



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    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) 


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


    Available from www.mandelbaum.





    New Samaritans-

    A DOCUMENTARY on Samaritan brides from the Ukraine



    Finnish Arabic
     by H. Shehadeh

    here for article in Arabic


    Forth Coming Books

    The 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 Date

    SAMARITANS' PAST AND PRESENT: Current Studies (Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Studies) (Hardcover) by 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)

    192 pages; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4; ISBN13: 978-0-19-532954-4ISBN10: 0-19-532954-6

    Hardcover, Expected: 4/15/2010

    Gary Knoppers Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies, Pennsylvania State University




  • Upcoming Festivals

    Festival of the 7th Month- Sept. 19, 2009

    Day of Atonement- Sept. 28th, 2009

    The Harvest Festival (Succoth)- Oct. 3, 2009

    The Feast of Shemini Atzeret (8th day of Succoth)- Oct. 10, 2009



    Southern California Universities acquire rare religious texts

      September 14, 2009 Los Angeles Times 

    Five fragments of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls are in the collection of Azusa Pacific. Loyola Marymount is displaying a leaf from one of the original Gutenberg Bibles from the 1450s.....
    Photo credit- The Institute for Judaism and Christian Origins

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    .............But Robert Duke, an assistant professor of biblical studies, sounded almost giddy as he described the university's new acquisitions. "They are 2,000 years old, and you can still see letters . . . with the naked eye," he said.
    The university released a photograph of one fragment that already has been studied by an outside researcher. The brownish-colored section with frayed edges shows part of the 27th chapter of Deuteronomy. In it, Moses delivers a discourse from God, telling the Jewish people to build an altar of stone once they cross the River Jordan into the land of Israel.
    The fragment lists the location for the altar as Mount Gerizim. Modern Bibles mentioned another site, Mount Ebal.
    James H. Charlesworth, a New Testament professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, said the difference suggests that the fragment may be an original copy of Deuteronomy that was altered at some point by warring factions of Jews.
    "We finally found the original text of Deuteronomy," said Charlesworth, who directs the seminary's Dead Sea Scrolls Project. "This is sensationally important."


    For more information, or to arrange an interview on these new holdings, contact Allison Oster, public relations manager, at (626) 815-4518. aoster@apu.edu



    Be sure to visit the link at The Institute for Judaism and Christian Origins

    http://www.ijco.org/?categoryId=28682 An Unknown Dead Sea Scrolls Fragment of Deuteronomy by James H. Charlesworth.


    Samaritan Hand Write 12 Pages on Ebay

    Recently there was for sale on Ebay.com a hand written manuscript being offered for sale ($119.00) from Hebraicabook in Israel. Upon reviewing the manuscript, the only information given it is Samaritan and it is estimated to be 100 years old.

    Samaritan scholar Benny "The beginning chapter of the Book of Genesis."' and " The copyist is Ab-Hisda [Died in 1959] b, HP Yacob b. Aaron."



    Samaritan Legend- A group of young Samaritans interested in their culture, heritage and the future of their small community, who have established an association which is called Samaritan Myth. This association is aimed on the definition of Samaritan's  internal and external culture and heritage..

    (The Samaritan Legend is on Facebook.com)


    Opening of the Exhibition at the University of Samaritan

    July 14. 2009


    Photo credit:

    An-Najah National University


    See link below this article for website of An-Najah National University




    Translation from Arabic by http://translate.google.com/#


    Cooperation between the public relations department at the university and the General Samaritan Myth and the support of a Palestinian Telecommunication Company Kamhiyah, Samaritan exhibition opened at the Library of An Najah National University and in the presence of Minister of Tourism Dr. Khouloud Daibes, Professor Dr. Rami Hamad, head of An Najah National University, and Dr. Jamal Muhaisen, Governor of Nablus, Adli Al live, the mayor of Nablus, and the priest-designate Abdul charity, priest of the Samaritan sect, a group of elders and the city and its national institutions and the clergy of the Christian community, citizens and university students.

    Within the formal inauguration ceremony which was organized in the grandstand, the martyr Zafer Masri, Dr. Jamal Muheisen, Governor of Nablus, expressed his pleasure of hosting this exhibition and thanked Najah National University, headed by Dr. Rami Hamad God for the great effort done by the University's support for various activities, especially those relating to the Palestinian heritage, and highlighted the gallery Samaritan who shows many aspects of this heritage that continues to maintain the community in spite of succession of generations.

    Mr. Isaac then made a Samaritan, secretary of the Samaritan, a word which he said: I have known over the years Nablus soap industry and pastry Nabulsip and that the only city that embraces the three great monotheistic faiths gathered the word of Tawheed, loving brothers in good times and bad, has become a Samaritan and praise to God a institutions, Despite the scarcity of resources, few in number, but it works abuzz for the advancement and progress. Mr. Isaac also provides Samaritan thanks and gratitude to everyone who contributed to support the exhibition singled out Najah National University Beacon Academy, which hosted the Palestine Samaritan always and provided all the help and support represented by its Chairman Professor Dr. Rami Hamdallah and Public Relations Department.

    Then Mr. Jacob, Samaritan, chairman of the Samaritan and the legend said that the Samaritans, representing the true strain for the people of the children of Israel, which regarded the world a unique and rich treasure of its kind in existence, and Najah University found in all the support to continue their education and added that the Gallery This reflects the cooperation between the members of the community and the Samaritan-Najah National University, said that the Samaritans have Palestinian nationality with pride, and live in freedom and dignity between the arms of the Palestinian people, and are an integral part of the social fabric of heritage, and living side by side with their fellow Muslims and Christians, without distinction of race, religion, and share each other's joys and Atraham.
    Then I spoke Khulud Daibes, the Palestinian tourism minister, and expressed her happiness to visit the university and the city of Nablus, the economic capital of Palestine, noted the importance of activating the various cultural activities because of their importance and a great place to Palestinian tourism, as His Excellency the Minister welcomed the idea of the exhibition Samaritan and expressed her happiness to participate in it as reflected in this exhibition in many ways, the most important to identify the habits and traditions of the Samaritan community, which is the smallest community in the world. She referred to the importance of strengthening cooperation in the interests of the people Samaritan for this range of religious and historical importance.



    From Samaritan Myth- August 21, 2009

    Yesterday was the admission of Baraq Fayyad, a member of the the legend, after the approval of the Ministry of the Interior will also be a member of the administration of the official culture in the Assembly and expressed its thanks to the bright members of the society to give them confidence, and expressed his admiration for the extent of the Assembly and said activity was the primary motivation for joining the Association of He promised to make every effort to assist in the success of each activity of the Association
    We wish him all the progress
    Is also expected to join the new member of the Assembly to be responsible for the internal relations came after s he made a formal request to the President of the General President of the Assembly welcomed the request, but approval will be approved by the Council of the Department of General
    Salwa has also briefed members of the Assembly to the preparatory meeting held in the city of Ramallah in preparation for the official meeting with a group of senior international figures, including U.S. President for the year 1982, "Jimmy Carter"
    Which will be held next Wednesday


    FromSamaritan Myth-August 13, 2009

    Returned in the evening today, the President of the Legend association ya cop cohen and a member of the Reverend Ehab Youssef, after a decade on the lecture Samaritan community in the Jordanian capital, "AMMAN" The lecture was held at theEbal association issued
    the presence of several senior figures in the city of Nablus, the residents of Amman , Jordan and some of the personalities of senior journalists have come across their thanks Great value to the lecture, which they described as historic and asked to send greetings to the members of the Samaritan and asked to repeat the symposium in the near future.
    After the lecture the administrative body of the study was issued Altoimp between the two organizations and both sides welcomed the idea.
    of Mr.yacop thanks the issued for providing facilities for the success of the session
    Mr. Ehab provide an overview of the Assembly and its goals


    From Samaritan Myth- August 9

    The Chair of the Assembly of the legend of Jacob Abdullah and the member of Mr. Ehab Youssef working visit to the Jordanian capital on Tuesday, which will be holding a seminar on Samaritan and meet a number of Jordanian institutions and will join the delegation on Wednesday representatives of the Community Committee and a number of Samaritan.
    ** Date Seminar on Wednesday at six-thirty pm


    From Samaritan Myth- August 5 -General congratulates the family legend brother Isaac Hosni Administrative Board member of the Assembly on the occasion of his wedding and entered the golden cage, and wish for a happy life.

  • Are You Israeli

    Haseeb Shehadeh 19/08/2009

     For most of the Arab national minority in Israel, who number approximately one and a quarter million, the answer to the question ‘Are you Israeli?’ is not simple, nor does the answer come automatically. This segment of population is the only one in the world that bears the word ‘Arab’ on their Israeli identity cards. The answer to such an inquiry depends on several factors, such as who asks this question and where as well as in which circumstances the question is asked and what is its purpose. 

    Numerous questions are well known to all Arabs who leave Israel via Ben-Gurion International Airport in Lydda or who return to Israel. These questions may include: what is the reason for your visit to Israel (the homeland)? Where will you stay in Israel? Whom did/will you meet? What is your occupation abroad? Are you carrying any weapon or sharp tools? Did you pack everything in your luggage yourself? Did anyone give you anything to deliver?

     The question in my title is not among these routine inquiries. It was directed to me on the 5th of April 2009 at Ben Gurion Airport before I was to board Finnair flight AY 1922 to fly to Helsinki. As usual the passengers on this weekly flight were waiting in Hall C3 in Tel Aviv airport. The overwhelming majority of the passengers were Finns returning to Finland after a short visit to historic and Christian sites in Israel and Jordan. As for me, I was on a research trip sponsored by the Academy of Finland that had lasted two weeks. During that time I visited the two only Samaritan centres —Holon to the south of Tel Aviv and Mount Gerizim in Nablus. This smallest and probably the oldest community in the world which numbers fewer than 750 faithful, lives only in these two cities. The five pillars of the Samaritan faith are: One God who is called Sheema (meaning the ‘name’); the Torah, which differs from the Massoretic Text in more than 6,000 cases; Moses as!  the only prophet; Mount Gerizim as the holy place; reward and punishment; Taheb as the Messiah.

     I had also visited the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts at the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem. There I discovered a recently purchased Samaritan Arabic manuscript with the title ‘al-Irshaad w-al-Ishhaad’ (Guidance and Certification), an autograph by Abraham El->Ayye completed in 1778. In addition, I visited the German Protestant Institute Library in the hospital compound of Augusta Victoria in East Jerusalem. There I found sixteen Samaritan manuscripts that are essentially unknown to the scholarly world.

    To return to our subject. A female official in the waiting hall approached me and asked in Hebrew: You Israeli, without the question particle. I replied with a question, Why would you like to know? The reply reminded me of an incident that took place forty ago before in Jerusalem. At that time, I was teaching Palestinian Arabic to students of various nationalities. I asked a Jewish student whom I knew well, Tell me, why do Jews always answer a question with a question? He responded, Why not?0

    The official explained that there was a 14-year-old girl on our flight by the name of Galit who needed assisstance. I automatically said, Yes, why not help her, and then turned to Galit, saying shalom. Then the employee asked my family name. I pronounced  it as it should be said, namely, with the guttural ˙, a sound very seldom used by either Jews or Arabs in Israel today in spoken Hebrew, owing to psycho-sociological reasons. The official went away for a few moments and then returned, asking for my flight ticket, ostensibly in order to see the number of my seat. Actually, she was staring at my full name. Again she went back to her place behind a counter on which sat a computer. After a while I noticed the official approaching Galit with a young Israeli Jew. He and Galit were introduced, and together they headed to the door of the plane before the boarding announcement. The whole episode was witnessed by three other persons.

    For some time the official was not within my visual range. Finally, just before leaving the hall to board the plane, I stepped up to her along with one of those who had seen the episode unfold. The official was about to speak into a cell phone when she saw me. She closed the telephone and waited. In fact I was waiting quietly for some kind of explanation, if not an apology. Yet the official said nothing; she ‘filled her mouth with water’ as the saying goes in Hebrew. Finally, I asked, Where is Galit? Ah, we found a member of her family to accompany her, the official  replied. Did you not see any reason or moral duty to come and notify me? I asked. She blushed and said only, ‘toda’ (thanks).

    More than six decades have elapsed since the establishment of the State of Israel; yet trust between Jews and Arabs in Israel, even at the general human level, is lacking. Naturally, a serious question may be raised: how can trust and peace between Jewish Israelis and Arabs from the twenty-two Arab countries be achieved? There is another Hebrew saying ‘kabdeehu ve-hoshdeehu’ — respect him, but do not trust him. It is evident that this saying no longer fits. There is no respect or honour, but only mistrust and suspicion.


    Web Links

    Le Garizim, mont sacré des Samaritains

    The Cohen Gene, the Samaritans and the Ten Lost Tribes Levi's Jeans or Levis' Genes http://menachem.info/Blogs/026.htm

    Complete List of Biblioblogs http://biblioblogtop50.wordpress.com/biblioblogs/

    Jewish temple found in ancient port city at Lycian site



    New Publications

    The Origin of the Samaritans (Vetus Testamentum,) by M. Kartveit and Magnar Kartveit (Hardcover - 15 Aug 2009)

    ·  Hardcover: 405 pages

    ·  Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers (15 Aug 2009)

    ·  Language English

    ·  ISBN-10: 9004178198

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-9004178199

    ·  Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm

     Complete description Many Bible readers will think that chapter 17 of the second book of Kings refers to the origin of the Samaritans. This understanding of the chapter has its earliest attestation in the works of Josephus. The present book evaluates the methods often used for finding the origin of the Samaritans, makes an assessment of well known and new material, and ventures into some uncharted territory. It is suggested that the moment of birth of the Samaritans was the construction of the temple on Mount Gerizim. This happened in the first part of the fourth century b.c.e. in accordance with the original commandment of Moses in Deut 27:4.


    Biblical Canon: Bible, Authorized King James Version, Biblical apocrypha, Development of the Jewish Bible canon, Masoretic Text, Samaritan Torah, Christian ... Development of the Christian Biblical canon (Paperback) by John McBrewster (Editor), Frederic P. Miller (Editor), Agnes F. Vandome (Editor)

    ·  Paperback: 100 pages

    ·  Publisher: Alphascript Publishing (July 2, 2009)

    ·  Language: English

    ·  ISBN-10: 6130020201

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-6130020200

    ·  Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches


    Dead Sea Scrolls: anakh at Qumran, Wicked Priest, The Book of Mysteries, Septuagint, Samaritan Torah (Paperback) by John McBrewster (Editor), Frederic P. Miller (Editor), Agnes F. Vandome (Editor)

    ·  Paperback: 64 pages

    ·  Publisher: Alphascript Publishing (August 12, 2009)

    ·  Language: English

    ·  ISBN-10: 6130029489

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-6130029487

    ·  Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches


    Encyclopedia of Messianic Candidates & Movements in Judaism, Samaritanism and Islam (Hardcover) by Eugene J Mayhew (Author)

    ·  Hardcover

    ·  Publisher: Cadieux & Maheux Press LLC; 1ST edition (2009)

    ·  ISBN-10: 1607251574

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-1607251576


    SAMARITANS' PAST AND PRESENT: Current Studies (Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Studies) (Hardcover)

    by Menachem Mor and Jack Pastor (Hardcover - 30 Nov 2009) Currently unavailable

    ·  Hardcover: 250 pages

    ·  Publisher: Walter de Gruyter (November 30, 2009)

    ·  Language: English

    ·  ISBN-10: 311019497X

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-3110194975


    Republished Books


    The Samaritans: Their Testimony to the Religion of Israel : Being the Alexander Robertson Lectures, Delivered Before the University of Glasgow in 1916 (1919) (Paperback) by J. E. H. (John Ebenezer Honeyman) Thomson (Author)

    ·  Paperback: 462 pages

    ·  Publisher: Cornell University Library (July 8, 2009)

    ·  Language: English

    ·  ISBN-10: 1112158219

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-1112158216

    ·  Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches


    The Samaritan Pentateuch and Modern Criticism: -1911 (Paperback) by J. Iverach Munro (Author)

    ·  Paperback: 146 pages

    ·  Publisher: Cornell University Library (July 8, 2009)

    ·  Language: English

    ·  ISBN-10: 1112158677

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-1112158674

    ·  Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches


    The Karaite Halakah: And Its Relation to Saduccean, Samaritan and Philonian Halakah. Part 1 (1913) (Paperback) by Bernard Revel (Author)

    ·  Paperback: 100 pages

    ·  Publisher: Cornell University Library (July 8, 2009)

    ·  Language: English

    ·  ISBN-10: 1112158669

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-1112158667

    ·  Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches


    The Samaritans, the Earliest Jewish Sect; their History, Theology, and Literature (Paperback) by Montgomery, James A. (James Alan) (Author)

    ·  Paperback: 424 pages

    ·  Publisher: BiblioBazaar (August 19, 2009)

    ·  Language: English

    ·  ISBN-10: 1113465689

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-1113465689

    ·  Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches


    Elements Of Chaldee, Syriac, Samaritan, And Rabbinical Grammar (1835) (Paperback) by John Gorham Palfrey (Author)

    ·  Paperback: 52 pages

    ·  Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (July 17, 2009)

    ·  Language: English

    ·  ISBN-10: 1104739283

    ·  ISBN-13: 978-1104739287

    ·  Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.1 inches


    And do not forget to get the Gerizim excavation books by Yitzhak Magen

    From the Editor- I have just began to read JSP VIII, and it is very informative. These books sell for $60.00 each and is highly recommended.

     Limited quantity, order your today



    JSP VII: The Samaritans and the Good Samaritan

    This volume encompasses most of the historical and archaeological material regarding the Samaritans. The excavations in Samaria, Neapolis, and other Samaritan sites shed new light on Samaritan material culture, archaeology, and history. The discovery of Samaritan synagogues and ritual baths identical to those used by the Jews, point to the connection between Samaritans and Jews from the Persian to Byzantine periods.
    The volume also discusses Samaritan everyday life, Sabbaths, and holidays, as well as the site of the “Inn of the Good Samaritan.”

    Magen, Yitzhak ; Editor: Carmin, Noga ; 320 pp, color photographs ; Hardcover
    ISBN 978-965-406-206-0


    JSP VIII: Mount Gerizim Excavations. A Temple City.

    This volume is a preliminary report of the Mount Gerizim excavations. The discovery of the Samaritan temple solved a highly significant historical question that puzzled scholars for years, confirming that the temple was built in the mid-fifth century BCE. The volume discusses different aspects of the site, including layout, private construction, the sacred precinct, Mount Gerizim versus the Temple Mount at Jerusalem, Samaritan material culture and halakhic observance, Hebrew and Aramaic inscriptions, and the site during the Roman and Byzantine periods. 
    Magen, Yitzhak ; Editors: Haber, Michal and Carmin, Noga ; 316 pp, color photographs.


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