Sept/Oct 2011

Vol.  XI - No 1

In This Issue

  • Medals

  • Medal 1

  • Medal 2

  • Medal 3

  • Visiting

  • Mesika

  • Photos

  • Société

  • Fragment

  • Information

  • Books

  • Year Tour

  • Information

  • Lecture

  • Biblios

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Studies and Related Conferences:

The Eighth Congress, Erfurt

July 15, 2012 – July 20, 2012

The Eighth Congress of the Société d'Études Samaritaines will take place in Erfurt, Germany, July 15.-20., 2012.

Eighth Congress



2011 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2011
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2011

Call For Papers closed


Call for papers: The 2011 Aramaic Studies section will have an open call for papers in any area relating to the various aspects of Aramaic language, literature, and context. Previous paper topics have included aspects of the Targumim, Qumran Aramaic, Peshitta, Samaritan papyri, and Elephantine Aramaic.



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Medals awarded to Mayor Yaish, Prof. Hjelm and Prof. Mor -

September 21st, 2011

The High Priest Aaron b. Ab-Hisda, 2010 Medal Recipient gave all three medals to the 2011 Medal recipients so far: Mayor 'Adli Yaish, Prof. Ingrid Hjelm and Prof. Menachem Mor.

[Above photo: Nablus Mayor 'Adli Yaish (center) receives Medal from Prof. Menachem Mor (left) and High Priest Aaron b. Ab-Hisda. Photo by Aaron Refter, Haifa. Below photo: Prof. Menachem Mor (left) and Prof. Ingrid Hjelm receive Medal from High Priest Aaron b. Ab-Hisda (right). Photo by Ori Orhof .]
The texts in Arabic were read by Yitzhaq Altif, the secretary of the Mount Gerizim Committee and the other member of the same committee Asher [Wasef] Cohen.

Prof. Menachem Mor read the document to Mayor Yaish of Nablus.
Prof. Thomas Thompson read the document to Prof. Ingrid Hjelm
Prof. Ingrid Hjelm read the document to Prof. Menachem Mor.




Medal 1
The Samaritan Medal for Peace, Humanitarian and Academic Achievements
Is hereby awarded to Professor Menachem Mor, Scholar of Samaritan Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, The University of Haifa/Israel
Whereas, Professor Menachem Mor is a leading researcher and internationally renown in the research of the History of the People of Israel in the Second Temple Period.
Whereas, Professor Menachem Mor made the most important contribution to the world‘s research by his books and many articles that shade a new light about the History of the Samaritans as integral part of the People of Israel.
Whereas, Professor Menachem Mor has demonstrated in his deep research a brave attitude that helped the Samaritans in Israel before the Supreme Court within their struggle to be identified as Israelites who never left the Land of Israel and always kept the authentic Israelite tradition.
Whereas, Professor Menachem Mor always encouraged his students to the research of Samaritan Studies as an integral part of the research of the original sources.
Therefore, The Samaritan Medal and Award Committee are pleased to honor Professor Menachem Mor as a 2011 recipient of the Samaritan Medal for Peace, Humanitarian and Academic Achievements.
Medal 2
The Samaritan Medal for Peace, Humanitarian and Academic Achievements
Is hereby awarded to Associate Professor Ingrid Hjelm, Scholar of Samaritan Studies, The University of Copenhagen/Denmark
Whereas, Dr. Ingrid Hjelm is a leading researcher and internationally renown in the research of the History of the People of Israel in first and second Temple period.
Whereas, Dr. Ingrid Hjelm made very important contribution to the world‘s research by her books and many articles that shade a new light about the History of the Samaritans as integral part of the People of Israel.
Whereas, Dr. Ingrid Hjelm has demonstrated in her important research a uniqe attitude by going deep in research of all sources in hand to find the historical truth of the Samaritans and reevaluated their state in the History of Israel.
Whereas, Dr. Ingrid Hjelm always encouraged her students to the research of Samaritan Studies as an integral part of the research of the Samaritan original sources in relation to sources of other entities in the Holy Land.
Therefore, The Samaritan Medal and Award Committee are pleased to honor Dr. Ingrid Hjelm as a 2011 recipient of the Samaritan Medal for Peace, Humanitarian and Academic Achievements.
Medal 3
The Samaritan Medal for Peace and Humanitarian Achievement
Is hereby awarded to Mr. Adli Yaish The Mayor of Nablus.
Whereas, Adli Yaish, the Mayor of Nablus has devoted his entire life so far to the needs of all citizens of Nablus.
Whereas, Adli Yaish is cooperating with Palestinian initiatives to make peace and one of the best activists to improve the life quality of the citizens of Nablus, in developing the city and fulfilling blessed initiatives in regards to educational and social activities in his city.
Whereas, Adli Yaish has made his best efforts to unite in peace different parts of the citizens of his city.
Whereas, Adli Yaish is recognized as a having been a good friend of the Samaritan People over many years.
Therefore, The Samaritan Medal Foundation and Award Committee are pleased to honor Adli Yaish a 2011 recipient of the Samaritan Medal for Peace and Humanitarian Achievement.

On November 2, 2011 a ceremony of will be held awarding the Samaritan Medal to Prof. Haseeb Shehadeh, of University of Helsinki


Visiting the Samaritans on the happy occasion of my award of the 2011 Samaritan Medal

By: Ingrid Hjelm, The University of Copenhagen


A.B. - The Samaritan News, Issue no. 1100, 10.10.2011

Sunday the 18th of September my husband Thomas L. Thompson and I met with Miriam and Benyamim Tsedaka in their home in Holon. The occasion for our visit was the Samaritan Medal for Peace, Humanitarian and Academic Achievement, which I had been awarded and was to receive on Mt. Gerizim the following Wednesday. In order to learn more about the Samaritans and renew our friendship with people, we had met over the years; we wanted to spend some extra days on the mountain. Our gracious hosts met all our needs and wishes and, as usual, Benny had arranged some delightful and interesting meetings. Going through my notes and photos I recall our meetings with High Priest Aaron b. Ab-Hisda and his wife and family in their home and in the synagogue. It was delightful to meet their son ‘Amram and Orna his daughter in law, whose wedding I had the pleasure to be at in 2004, when SES held its sixth congress in Haifa under the auspices of Prof. Menachem Mor. Now they have three beautiful children. (photo by
Photo by Ori Orhof)
Yair ben High Priest Eleazar, son of the late High Priest Eleazar ben Tsedaka, was kind to show us the office he had built in memory of his father with books and pictures from a long life of studies. Of his many treasures were old Torah books in different sizes and lay out. Impressive was the complete ornamented Torah in a big format from the 15th century. It is written on goatskin in a very clear script and with beautiful ornamentation. The Samaritans possess many such old Torahs and one can imagine how hard it must have been to preserve and keep them in time of hardship and persecution. Some are so worn that one hardly dares to turn the pages. It is therefore a great luck that the Jewish National Library in Jerusalem has photographed them. In the family’s possession are also old copies of The Book of Commandments, Mama Mare and an updated Tulia. Also scholarly works on Samaritan issues fill the shelves and it made me happy to see a copy of my 2004 book with the dedication, I had written. Many pictures in the office display the meetings of High Priest Eliza been Tsedaka with world famous political and religious dignitaries. Also Mushy ben High Priest Levi b. Abisha was kind to show us some of his treasures. Among these is a 14th century bi-lingual Hebrew-Arabic Torah written on skin. In spite of being worn it is remarkably readable.
However, the Samaritans do not only treasure old manuscripts; new items are produced for pleasure and for everyday reading. Such new manuscripts were presented to us by Chefetz Marchiv, who teaches the Samaritan children in Kiryat Luza the reading of the Samaritan Torah. Since Arabic is their mother tongue, they have to learn the alphabet, the proper pronunciation and the ancient Hebrew language. Not an easy task, and I definitely understand the pride of the young pupils and their parents at the celebration of “finishing the Torah” [chatimat ha-torah]. Chefetz’ meticulous production of a modern version of an ornamented Torah was not less impressive than the old one. Neither were his Torah scroll, copies of Molad Moshe, prayer books and other writings that help facilitate the education of the Samaritan children.
Well, we did not just sit with our heads in books. Our visit included three trips to Nablus to see the city’s development into a modern 150,000-citizen city with rich and developed construction works in many parts. Its many new houses are spread out on the slopes of the surrounding mountains. From Mount Gerizim our Palestinian taxi-driver, Samir, quickly moved downwards and eastwards through the city to find Joseph’s tomb and Jacob’s well in the old city, near the ancient habitation of the Samaritans, Tell Balata at the foot of mount Gerizim. Not much is left of the Samaritan neighborhood there. Once a solemn and well-kept place, today Joseph’s Tomb is marked by the destruction caused by ethnic clashes there some years ago. The tasty water from Jacob’s well, inside a Russian orthodox church is believed to have magic power, however, it upset my stomach, so I never found out. That the place is fertile and rich, we saw when Samir’s father, Ibrahim, friend and helper of the Samaritans for more than 40 years, brought clusters of grapes from his garden. They were nearly as big as the clusters the spies had brought to Moses (Numbers 13).
Also the Samaritan city of Kiryat Luza has grown exceedingly during the last ten years with many new three and four story houses, so that also all the Samaritan families from Holon now have houses on the mountain. The town has its own school from 1st -8th grade attended by neighboring Palestinian children also, two shops, museum, visitor center, peace center, library and a synagogue that is no longer large enough for the Samaritan people when both communities come together at festivals. Across the synagogue is a bar, where we were lucky to taste the last bottle of the local Samaritan wine. Not quite a Bordeaux, but not bad.
We also had an opportunity to go once again to the summit and see Magen’s excavation. It is well kept, but because it is open to tourists, several areas are fenced in and one does well in making arrangement with the Staff Officer of Archaeology for detailed inspection.
The absolute top event of our visit was the Samaritan medal ceremonies. Plural, because we first went to Nablus, where the High Priest Aaron b. Ab-Hisda, gave the medal to the city mayor 'Adli Yaish, for his many contributions to peace and co-operation between the various groups in the society. Just two days before the Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas was to hand in an application to the UN for its recognition of a Palestinian state, it was clearly felt that nothing could be more important than to have the various religious and political groups meet and plan on how to create peace and prosperity in all of Palestine and Israel. In light of the tension that is building up as a result of the negotiations with the UN, Mayor Yaish made a strong point of encouraging both parts of the conflict to seek a peaceful solution and work for co-operation rather than continue a hostile separation. The document was read by Prof. Menachem Mor from Haifa University.
The second ceremony took place in house of the High Priest Aaron b. Ab-Hisda. Prof. Thomas Thompson read the document to me, Prof. Ingrid Hjelm from the University of Copenhagen, who in turn read the document to Prof. Menachem Mor. Menachem and I got the medal for our academic achievements in researching Samaritan history and traditions as integral parts of the histories and traditions of the People of Israel. In fact, such a People of Israel with capital P only existed in the first millennium BCE Kingdom of Israel, which became the Assyrian province Samerina around 720 BCE. Traditions and memories of the name “Israel” survived and it became a religio-ethnic term, which comprised and comprises many peoples of Israel. Of these, the Samaritans formed a major segment until the fifth century CE. We received the medals from the hand of the High Priest, gave our speeches of gratitude, had a little drink, and I felt that this had been a big, big moment. Wow!
       By: Ingrid Hjelm


Mesika Happy About Cordial Relations with Samaritans

Chairman Gershon Mesika of the Samarian (Shomron) Regional Council cited the Samaritan community for living "in co-existence and tolerance with Jewish residents of Samaria." Speaking during a tour of the Samaritan community of Kiryat Luza on Mt. Gerizim, next to the Jewish community of Har Bracha, south of Shechem. He continued, "and we are happy about the good and cordial relationship and atmosphere."

Mesika was a guest of the Samaritan high priest and community council. He visited the high priest's Sukka and the two exchanged gifts. The tour included meetings with council members and stops at the local factory and the Samaritan museum. Mesika also expressed hope that the efforts of the Samarian Council for Encouraging Tourism to promote Bible-based tourism would result in more visits to Samaritan antiquities.


Beautiful Photos of the Festivals

By Ori Orhof

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Société d'Études Samaritaines

The 8th Congress of the Société d’Etudes Samaritaines will take place in Erfurt (Germany), 15th-20th July 2012, jointly organized by the SÉS and the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Theology. The Congress of the SÉS meets every four years and is the most important meeting of experts working in the field of Samaritan studies worldwide.


The Fragment From Qumran Related to Building an Altar for the Almighty on Mount Gerizim - A Sensational Discovery

By: Benyamim Tsedaka, A.B. - Institute of Samaritan Studies 

A.B. - The Samaritan News, 1ssue no. 1198-1099, 26.9.2011


We return to the summer of 2008, three years ago, in the university city of Papa, Hungary. At that time the 7th Congress of Samaritan Studies, where the best scholars of Samaritan Studies from many countries in the world were gathered, and also dignified representatives from Israel, among them a small group of Israelite Samaritans: The Late Israel Tsedaka, the Editors of A.B., Benyamim and Yefet Tsedaka, and Lilly Tsedaka [Yefet's wife].  Yes, it was an exciting event.  Several hours after our landing in Hungary, after two hours of travel from the airport in Budapest, the Capital of Hungary, and then a little tour that we made of the place, escorted by the organizers of the congress, the scholars Joseph Zsengeller, who lectured in the University of Papa, and Stefan Schorch from Bethel in Germany. They surprised us with a room that was totally equipped with computers and printers to be freely used by the participants in the congress.  We expressed our wonder and immediately we sat near one of the computers to check the email that was sent to us in the early hours of that same day, after we had left our homes in Holon for the flight to Hungary.
Among the many letters from all corners of the world was especially a prominent letter sent by our friend, Sharon Sullivan, from the State of Michigan, in the USA [since then Sharon has lived in Israel since August 2009]. 
Sharon forwarded our attention to a new discovery of a fragment from Qumran from Cave Number 4 in the Judean Desert that included a scholarly article by the famous author of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Professor James Charlesworth, from the exclusive Princeton University in the State of New Jersey, USA. 
The fragment was photographed originally in a way that made it hard to identify the script because of the dark color of the brown skin, and the color of the characters, which were black.  In order to brighten the script another photograph was given of the same fragment, but now in a system of infrared photography, which gave the characters a contrast of colors in black and white, leaving no doubt by identifying the script as an Aramaic script from the Book of Deuteronomy 27:4-6.
We read the news, and we could hardly believe it.  We read it again and again, and still we could not believe what our eyes were seeing, a fragment from Qumran that no doubt had been written by a Jewish scribe, like all Qumran scrolls, in the variant of the Torah we know which is the Torah in the hands of the Samaritans, regarding building the altar of the People of Israel on Mount Gerizim, similar to what is written in the ten commandments in Exodus and the Book of Deuteronomy.  The fragment was written in Aramaic script, very clear and comfortable to read, and not only did the writing contradict the Jewish MT version of the Torah in this place of Deuteronomy, but also the name HarGerizim [םיזרגרה] was written in one word of seven clear characters with the character bet [written also but not included in the seven characters]. 
We recovered quickly and immediately we prepared fifty copies of an enhanced photograph of the fragment, and also the Charlesworth article that was attached to it.  We went out to the wide yard of the university where all scholars gathered and we gave five copies to the scholars.  The first reaction was that they were stunned, and after they recovered they greeted us with many blessings.  There was a feeling of euphoria.  More than the others, Professor Abraham Tal from the University of Tel Aviv greeted us and congratulated us along with several others.  There was no doubt that we felt high at that moment.  We went quickly to the computer to send an email of gratitude to Sharon Sullivan, and we remember how we wondered about the timing of the Charlesworth discovery on the same day of the opening of the Congress of Samaritan Studies. 
The first practical comment was stated by two of the lecturers that the object of their lectures regarding the Torah in the hands of the Samaritans and Qumran discoveries.  They said that following the discovery, they felt that they must change great parts of their lectures.  We must note especially the comment of Nodet Etienne, from the French School in Jerusalem for Biblical Studies, Escole Biblique, who said immediately that the discovery truly confirmed his claims about the originality of the Samaritans as Ancient Israelites.  On the same day we wrote to Professor Charlesworth and thanked him for the discovery and invited him to come and be our guest in our house on Mount Gerizim, and at the same opportunity the late High Priest Eleazar ben Tsedaka expressed his blessing and his personal gratitude for the discovery that to all viewers it is a confirmation of a Jewish scribe to the Torah version in the hands of the Samaritans, in a very ancient manuscript that contradicts the Jewish version in this regard, which is לביע רהב -
During our correspondence with Professor Charlesworth, he suggested that he would award the High Priest with a framed photograph of the infrared form of the fragment, and a copy of it that would be dedicated to the A.B. Institute of Samaritan Studies.  The High Priest Elazar, and we as well, stated our enthusiasm for this suggestion, and at the end of 2008 Charlesworth came to Mount Gerizim and was welcomed with a respect that is reserved only for kings by the High Priest Elazar and his priestly brethren and the dignities of the community.  He gave the High Priest the photograph and told him how he got this fragment of Qumran. 
As one of the senior scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Charlesworth received thirty fragments from Qumran for research and decoding.  It was the second fragment that he decoded.  The original fragment is located in the Azuza Pacific University in the East of LA, California. 
No more than a month passed from the time of the discovery and the publication of it, when the wagging of tongues began by a number of Israeli scholars wondering about the originality of the fragment, and even expressing their suspicion that it was forged.  We had to understand their hesitation because of the wave of forged archeological findings in Israel near to that time.  The insecurity in the authenticity of the  fragment was expressed in the words of Professor Avraham Tal and Mosheh Florentine from the University of Tel Aviv in their long introduction to the Third Edition that they published concerning the comparative edition of the Jewish to Samaritan edition of the Torah, by the University Press 2010. 
Their hesitation is understood as it relates to the basis of their system to prefer the Jewish version over the Samaritan version. 
However, the comments of the "landlords" of the research of the Dead Sea Scrolls were totally different.  Our friend, Professor Michael Corinaldi, Professor of Law, asked the Prize of Israel holder for his research on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Late Professor S. Talmon, for his comment to the discovery.  Talmon, that in his initial research in the beginning of the 1950s thought the SP to be an imitation of the MT, changed his mind from one edge to the other edge, during the last sixty years of research.  He answered this question by first blessing the discovery and then he said that generally the SP and the MT are very important and they have the same state in  Biblical research.
The same comment was received from Professor Emanuel Tov, also a holder of the Israeli Prize for his research on the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Following this discovery he changed parts of his own introduction to the first translation of the English SP, promised to be published in November 2011. 
In a letter that Charlesworth sent us on June 22, 2011, he added validity to the words of Tov, saying that if the fragment is authentic then it is a sensational discovery that changes the picture of the research of the Biblical text. Therefore, we have to answer the question if this fragment of Deuteronomy is authentic or forged. 
To this question Charlesworth answered in a way that left no doubt.  The original fragment was checked by the best scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls, among them Charlesworth mentioned the Sukerman brothers, a very special test of the fragment discovered that it is authentic because the fatina which is the medal material that proves the ancientness of the fragment was discovered both in the skin of the fragment and in the ink of which the text was written.  Now there is no place to claim forgery, the fragment is authentic. 
The discussion about the authenticity of this fragment until the chemical tests that left no doubts about it, remind us of the sensational discovery of the Joash Inscription that was determined to be forged without a doubt, because the fatina was not discovered in the ink of the script. 
The scholars of the University of Azuza Pacific and Charlesworth himself finished the writing of the official research of the fragment.  The two researches are coming out soon, the first within the University publications and the second of Charlesworth in the scientific quarterly Marav, in the next issue, according to what Charlesworth wrote to us in that letter. 
Charlesworth wanted also to hear our opinion regarding this discovery, beyond the enthusiasm that it raised.  Generally we said the fact that the name of the Mountain was written in one word in this fragment by a Jewish scribe, shows that it is not what they so call typical Samaritan writing of the sacred mountain, but it is an Ancient Israelite writing that was known to Jewish and Samaritan scribes during the 2nd Temple Period.  Therefore we don't have to be so hasty in identifying special writing of the word Mount Gerizim in one word as Samaritan writing.  Talmon, for instance, thought that a fragment that was discovered in Masada, that included the name of Mount Gerizim in one word, that perhaps there were Samaritan fighters among the casualties in Masada. The truth is that the Samaritans had nothing to do in Masada, they had their own wars with the Romans.
We have added that we have no doubt in regard to the identity of the scribe of the fragment as a Jew, adding to the fact that there were no Samaritans within Qumran sects.  The Jewish identification is expressed by the form of the writing of the word תולוע [offerings] in full writing, at the same time it is pronounced by Jews the same way that it is written "Aolot".  A Samaritan scribe since always wrote the form in this way תולע and this is the way that it is pronounced by Samaritans, “Alote”.  We will continue to follow the research in regard to this discovery.
Benyamim Tsedaka 

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Also see the Samaritan Update article


  • Note from the Editor of TSU

The website ( says, "The scribal hand represents archaic forms that can be dated perhaps to 175 BCE and later forms that date from around 50 and even conceivably to 30 BCE (but we cannot ascertain when such forms first appeared)."

It is interesting, I just read about a village called Samaria in Fayyum where they have found Samaritan Papyri of the 3rd and 2nd century BCE.

See the following:

Fayum: Samareia (meris of Polemon)

The Greek name Samareia (Σαμαρεία or Σαμάρεια) clearly refers to Samaria in Palestine. This is confirmed by the Ptolemaic papyri, where Jews constitute an important group among the inhabitants of the village. The name 'Samareia' suggests that they originally came from Samaria; they do not however explicitly call themselves 'Samaritans' but ᾿Ιουδαῖος/᾿Ιουδαία or ᾿Ιουδαῖος τῆς ἐπιγονῆς. ᾿Ιουδαῖος here refers to their patris Judaea, which includes the region of Samaria.



Josephus stated that Seven Thousand Samaritans were placed in Thebaid by Alexander.

But scholars today say that the inhabitants of Samareia were Greeks and Phoenicians and not Samaritans.

While fragments are still being discovered today, I wonder, how many people in the Middle East have fragments of Samaritan documents that they have found or that was handed down, and I am still wondering who has the Samaritan curtain from the old Samaritan synagogue that was in Cairo, that the Jewish family purchased.


Incorrect Information Noticed by the Editor of TSU and Confirmed

Recently there was an article by Alaa Ashkar - IMEMC & Agencies on Wednesday September 21, 2011 , entitled Palestinians Hold Massive Protests, Demand UN Membership. There is miss-information in this article which I here quote, "Palestinian Christian leaders and priests, and Samaritans, participated in the activities, demanding Palestinian statehood and independence."

An email to Benyamim Tsedaka confirmed that this was false. His responded as follows,

"The Samaritans are not involve in any kind of political activity. If they meet the leaders of the Palestinian Authority it is always for promoting their projects of development on Mount Gerizim.  Actually the Palestinians never asked them to participate or to declare and statement of support their ideas or activities for an independent Palestinian State.
The only march they do is three times a year in their pilgrimages.
In the past Samaritan leaders were warned not to express in their speeches before any Palestinian or Israeli audiences or both not to state any political statement except that of any organization which helps them with their projects of development.
Any media report about such an activity is not true."

The article that is mentioned is found here.


The Wonders of the Samaritan Kitchen

4000 Years of the Israelite-Samaritan Kitchen

Edited by Benyamim Tsedaka

Publishing House: A.B.- Institute of Samaritan Studies

Holon, Israel, 2011

In Hebrew.
Contact email information:

For Sale: In Europe - Euro50 In England - GBP40 In USA - $70 In Canada - $80

+ mailing


The  Catalog of 61 Ancient Samaritan Manuscripts in Klau Library of Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati that include the most ancient Manuscript in North America, a piece of scroll of Duet. Chap. 9-34 dated to the year 1145AD, is coming out next month (November 2011).

A Torah scroll, Deuteronomy, 9-34 : the most ancient manuscript in North America, in Hebrew Union College Library, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA / Benyamim Tsedaka = מגילת תורה, דברים ט׳־ל״ד כתב היד הקדום ביותר באמריקה הצפונית בספריית היברו יוניון קולג׳ סינסינאטי, אוהיו, ארה״ב / בנימים צדקה.


The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version [Hardcover]

Sharon Sullivan (Editor), Benyamim Tsedaka (Translator), James H. Charlesworth (Introduction), Emanuel Tov (Foreword) List Price: $100.00 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

According to Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company:

Expected ship date: 10/29/2011



Yearly Tour of Benyamim Tsedaka

Lectures and conferences on Samaritan studies are going on:

A report on my annual lecture, research and meeting tour to Europe and the USA 2011
October 23 - Leaving Israel to Berlin
October 24 - Berlin - Visiting the Samaritan Collection in Freie Universitet [The Liberated University]
October 25 - University of Halle - Germany - Two lectures: 1- The Samaritans and their life between Israel and the Palestinians 2- Learning to read and translate texts in Ancient Hebrew
October 27   University of Poznan - Poland  - 2 lectures - 1 - The Samaritan Liturgy; 2 - Life Circle of the Samaritans
October 28   University of Torun - Poland - Lecture - The Samaritan Heritage
October 31 Leaving to Helsinki
November 1 - University of Helsinki - Lecture: The present life of the Samartitans
November 2 - University of Helsinki - Ceremony of Awarding the Samaritan Medal to Prof. Haseeb Shehadeh
November 3 - Returning to Berlin
November 4-6 - Visiting the Museum of Islam where there are 18 Samaritan Inscriptions from Damascus
November 7 - Leaving Berlin to Zurich
November 8 - University of Zurich - Lecture - Samaritanism and Mysticism
November 9 - Spiro Ark, London - Lecture - Samaritan Folklore
November 10 - North London - Lecture: Most important differences between the Samaritan and Jewish Versions of the Pentateuch
November 12 - North London - Continued lecture about "differences"
November 14 - Awarding the Medal to Mr. Vivian Wineman, the President of Deputies of the British Jewry
November 15 - Leaving London to New York City
November 16 - Yeshiva University, New York - Two Lectures on the Samaritan Heritage
November 17 - Yeshiva University, New York - Presenting the Catalog of the Samaritan Manuscripts in Yeshiva University
November 22 - Leaving to Washington D.C.
November 23 - Washington D.C. - The Annual meeting of the Samaritan Medal Foundation
November 28 - Leaving to Cincinnati
November 29 - December 2 - Cincinnati: Having my book about: The Samaritan Manuscripts in Hebrew Union College published and reorganizing all printed works about the Samaritans in the library
December 4 - 6: LA - Azusa Pacific University - Seminar : The Samaritan Pentateuch and Qumran Fragment 27: 4-6
December 7-13 - St. Louis - Lectures every day about different issues of Samaritan life and heritage
December 14-20 - Dallas, Texas - Meeting with two large families from Dallas and Santa Fe/New Mexico who wants to join the community and practice with them Samaritan life and heritage

   If any of you would like to be in touched with for lecturing of October - December 2011, please let
Benyamim Tsedaka know.


From the Editor

  • I would like people to notice that on the main page of the Samaritan Update, a map has been added 7-2011 of the world, showing the locations of web viewers to our sight. What is interesting is the number of Spanish speaking countries. I wonder how many scholars have written or exposed the Spanish populous of the remaining Samaritan-Israelites today?

  • A link to the Samaritan Medal was also added

  • There is also a new page added on the main page of Questions Regarding the Samaritan-Israelites and the Torah of Israel answered by Samaritan Binyamin Tsedaka See the videos for his answers

  • An essay was added on the main page of about the Samaritan-Israelites by Benyamim Tsedaka of the A.B. - Institute of Samaritan Studies, Holon, Israel A Short History of the Samaritan-Israelites

  • There has also been added a page for new publications of books on the main page of Publications of the Samaritans. So please feel free to contact me if you would like your publication added or if you would like to add a short description or review to your work.

Sometimes it is interesting searching the books using key words, but very time consuming. Sometimes I have found an article in 2 or even 5 books, all the contents are the same just a different title. Or I may find a small section yet of no new information, just taken from original work, so where do I limit the books. If I find no new information that is over 2 small paragraphs, I over look it. Maybe I should not but I have many articles that I have not yet edited or explored yet and time is an issue, so I have to draw a line. But sometimes I find a short section with interest as I now show below:


  • Reports From Commissioners, Inspectors and Others: Palestine, Disturbances in May, 1921 No. 2. Interim Report by the Commission of Inquiry on the Khedera Raid, 6th May, 1921. (p.12) The locality, of which Tulkeram is the administrative centre, contains 40 villages and a number of Bedouin encampments. The people are of a particularly lively and passionate temperament, and are at the same time comparatively well educated. It is said that 40 per cent of the population are able to read and write. It is overwhelmingly Moslem. There are a few Christians, one family of Samaritans, but no Jews. Papers by command: Volume 15 - Page 12


Editor: But is is known that there were Samaritans there in Tulkeram even in the 7th century. The survey of western Palestine: Special papers on topography, ...: Volume 1 - Page 230. I asked

"The family of my relatives. It started with Ariah [Yashishaakaar] b. Shalma Hassafari, his brother Munaja and his son Zakkaay and Israsel and the son of Zakkay Ariah. They lived there between 1900 and 1944. Then Zakkai and his wife Chussun and his sister in law Kawthar and her son Gamil and daughters Nadia, Nabiha, Shafika and Subchiyyeh moved to Nablus to live there in poorness till 1954 when they moved to Holon in familt unification and in 1955 they moved to the current Samaritan neighborhood to better quality of life. Zakkaay died in 1959 and Ariah in 1994."


  • The Church Standard, New Series Vol. XXX, Vol. XCII Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. February 9, 1907 (p. 468) There Was recently exhibited in London an ancient scroll of the law of Moses, Exodus to Deuteronomy, which is accepted by some experts as genuine and dating back to one thousand years before Jesus. It is an original and sacred document of a Samaritan sect and now is offered for sale by their high priest, Isaac, son of Amram, to save his community from destruction. Five thousand pounds are asked and the British Museum cannot afford to buy it.

  • Anacalypsis, An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil of the Saitic Isis; or, An Inquiry into the Origin of Languages, Nations, and Religions. by Godfrey Higgins By Godfrey Higgins, London: J. Burns, 15 Southhampton Row, Holborn, W.C., 1874 Part I, pg. 88 "It is not possible to determine from Genesis where the Salem was of which Melchizedek was priest . (I pay no attention to the partisan Josephus.) Taking advantage of this uncertainty the Christians have settled it to be Jerusalem. But it happens in this case that a Heathen author removes the difficulty. Eupolemus states that Abraham received gifts from Melchizedek in the Holy City of Hargerizim, or of Mount Gerizim. Har, in the ancient language, signifies mount. This proves that there was a place holy to the Lord upon Gerizim, long before Joshua's time, whatever the Jews may allege to the contrary against the Samaritans." Source Editor: It is nice to see that Har Gerizim is spelled as one word just like the Samaritans write it.


Recent Lecture

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 at Collegium Veteranorum, Room 02.10 of the

Stefan Schorch, [Martin-Luther-Universita"t, Halle- Wittenberg], lectured on
Some Peculiar Usages of the Infinitive in Samaritan Hebrew. The lecture was part of the The Hebrew of the Late Second Temple Period between the Bible and the Mishnah: A Sixth International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira, September 19-21, 2011. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


Christophe BONNARD, lectured Targums samaritains et traditions aggadiques juives at the June 27-28, 2011 International Conference, "Les targums à la lumière des traditions du Second Temple"/ "The Targums in light of Traditions of the Second Temple Period.




Musings of An Inveterate Traveler II by Dr. Robert H. Schram Publisher: Xlibris (October 28, 2010) ISBN-10: 1456802178, ISBN-13: 978-1456802172 Modern visit to Gerizim and the Samaritan Museum.



New Articles in our Samaritan Archives Section

52 new Ebooks added and some new articles! Check them all out!

Samaritan Resources


New Biblios


The Samaritan Kaleidoscope: A look back at centuries of tensions with Judaism by Pickett, Bobby, M.A., REGENT UNIVERSITY, 2010, 89 pages; 1485338


M Mor - Judah Between East and West: The Transition from …, 2011 -
8 THE SAMARITANS IN TRANSITION FROM THE PERSIAN TO THE GREEK PERIOD Menachem Mor University of Haifa The conquest of the Land of Israel by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE constitutes on one hand the termination of a period in which the country was ruled by ...


ER Silva - Kerygma, 2011 - ... The Samaritans: Who They Were and What They Believe Abstract: The present research seeks to understand some basic aspects of the Samaritans, people who are portrayed as enemy of the Jews. ... Keywords: Jews; Samaritans; History; Religious Life. Page 2. ...


LL Grabbe… - 2011 -
... of Judah in the Ptolemaic Period Empires and Farmers: How Imperial Politics Affect Local Organization Break Samaria and the Samaritans between Persian and Hellenic Rule The Samaritans' Transition from the Persian to the Greek Period The Samaritan Temple on Mount ...


ABYBJ Al - 2011 -
... 223 Chapter XIII Cyprus 235 Chapter XIV The Samaritans 244


JJ Collins - Changes in Scripture: Rewriting and Interpreting …, 2011 -
... 12). See the discussion of the Samaritan Pentateuch by Magnar Kartveit, The Origin of the Samaritans (VTSup 128; Leiden: Brill, 2009), 279–312. Page 37. 30 John J. Collins to make up a single, independent composition. 33 ...


ER Silva - Kerygma, 2011 - ... 5 2.2. Taheb ..... 6 2.3. Monte Gerizim ..... 6 2.4. ... 9 3.1. Monte Gerizim no Novo Testamento ..... 9 3.2. ...

The "Other" in Second Temple Judaism: Essays in Honor of John J. . By John Joseph Collins, Daniel C. Harlow, Matthew Gof

Contesting Conversion: Genealogy, Circumcision, and Identity in

By Matthew Thiessen


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