The Samaritan Update

“Mount Gerizim,

All the Days of Our Lives”


March / April 2017                                                                                                Vol. XVI - No 4

In This Issue


·         Samaritan Synagogue

·         Ori Photos

·         Auction

·         5 Shehadeh articles

·         Samaritan Posts

·         Publications

·         Call For Papers

·         Future Publications

·         Of Interest

·         Links

·         Biblio

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On January 1, 2017, the Samaritan Community numbered 796.


 Future Events

It has been 3655 years since the entrance into the Holy Land

 (Samaritan’s typical calendar) 



The First Month 3655 - Monday Evening, March 27, 2017

Passover Sacrifice - Monday Evening between the sunsets [7:11 PM] - April 10, 2017

The Festival of Passover/ Festival of Unleavened Bread Tuesday April 11, 2017

The First Day of the Counting of the Omer Sunday April 16, 2017

The Last Day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread/ First Pilgrimage Monday April 17, 2017

The Second Month 3655 - Tuesday Evening, April 25, 2017

The Third Month 3655 - Thursday Evening, May 25, 2017

The Second Passover for those that were impure on the first Passover Evening May 10, 2017

The Day of the Sinai Assembly Wednesday May 31, 2017

 [Calculated by: Priest Yakkiir ['Aziz] b. High Priest Jacob b. 'Azzi – Kiriat Luza, Mount Gerizim]


The New Samaritan Synagogue has opened on Mount Gerizim

The New synagogue opened April 7, 2017 just before Passover.  

See the great phots taken by Ori Orhof.


Also see 2017 Passover & opening evening of the New synagogue; Photos by Ori Orhof


Also take notice of the reconstructed Tannurs in his photos.

All high definition images, a must view! ~~~~~~~~~~~

Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

May 9, 2017, 4:00 PM GMT Jerusalem, Israel, Live Auction

Lot 89: Five Books of the Torah (Codex) - Samaritan Manuscript - from the Collection of Chacham Rabbi Yitzchak Binyamin Yehudah


Description: Samaritan manuscript, five books of the Torah (codex). Nablus, [19th century]. Exceptionally handsome handwriting, on wide-margined high-quality paper, written by the priest Shlomo ben Amram ben Shlomo ben Toviah Halevi ("from the Kehat family"). Colophon at the end of every book. This volume is from the collection of Chacham R. Yitzchak Binyamin Yechezkel Yehudah (1863-1941), educator, translator, bookseller and Orientalist who focused on the history of the Jewish people and Arabic culture. Chacham Yehudah lived in Darmstadt, Germany at the beginning of the 20th century, where he traded in books and manuscripts in Hebrew and Eastern languages. In 1906 he immigrated to Cairo, where he opened a book shop for classical and religious Arabic texts near the al-Azhar mosque. He was renowned as the premier expert on Arabic literature in the region, and he often assisted Moslem scholars as well as Orientalists residing in Cairo. He published a number of books including "The Western Wall", (Jerusalem, 1929), "Fables of the East", (3 volumes, Jerusalem, 1932-1990), and others. In addition to Hebrew and Arabic, Chacham Yehuda was fluent in Ladino, Persian, Yiddish, German, Turkish, English and French. His son-in-law, Professor Yosef Yoel Rivlin attested that he was "amazingly proficient in Oriental studies and literature, and one of the greatest Jewish researchers." This volume includes a stamp from his bookshop in Cairo, and his signature (from Jerusalem). At the end of the volume, Chacham Yehudah bound five pages from prayer books, as well as a page in his own handwriting, in which writes several verses and discusses the custom of Sephardic Jews, (and later the Rashash), to recite these verses whenever three Torah Scrolls are removed from the ark on Shabbat. "The ancient custom of Saragossa was to recite these verses whenever three Torah scrolls were removed from the ark, and the Rashash followed this custom." Several glosses in the handwriting of Chahcam Yehudah (pencil writing) appear in the margins of the first chapter of Sefer Bereshit. [428] pages, 15.5 cm. Good condition. Creases and stains, primarily to the first pages, last pages and endpapers. Several stains in the margins. Original dark red leather binding, typical of the time period, with embossed decorations and leather clasp, damaged. Tears to the spine. Rare. Provenance: Collection of Yitzchak Binyamin Yehudah.

Est: $10,000 - $15,000



Lot 90: Samaritan Manuscript - Prayers for Sukkot and Simchat Torah Holidays

Description: Samaritan manuscript; prayerbook for prayers of Shabbat that occurs on the Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret (Simchat Torah) holidays. Nablus, 19th century. Handsome handwriting, in black and red ink. Written (copied) by Aryeh ben Shlomo ben Yishmael ben Shelach HaTzafri. The final pages include an Arabic receipt of purchase from 1948, and a poem composed by the owner, (Samaritan); an additional poem by the owner appears at the end of the Sukkot prayers. [324] written pages, 21.5 cm. Good condition. Creases, tears and stains to the first page. Slight staining to the remainder of the volume. Stains on the endpapers and creases on the edges of leaves. Original cardboard and leather binding.

Est: $5,000 - $8,000



Lot 91: Six Volumes - Samaritan Manuscripts - Torah Portions

Description: Six volumes, Samaritan manuscript. Nablus, early 20th century. Written, (copied), by the High Priest Av Chasda ben Yaakov Aharon Hakohen. * Volume with parashot from Sefer Bereshit (Genesis). * Two volumes with parashot from Sefer Shemot (Exodus). * Volume with parashot from Sefer Vayikra (Leviticus). * Volume with parashot from Sefer Bamidbar (Numbers). * Volume with parashot from Sefer Shoftim (Book of Judges). The volumes were written by the Samaritan high priest in order to educate the community's children. The colophon at the end of the final volumes contains the names of the children for whom these volumes were prepared. 6 volumes (63; 77; 44; 71; 103; 90 pages), 16. cm. Fair condition. Wear, stains, and some tears. Detached or loose leaves and signatures. Original cardboard and cloth bindings, detached or partially detached, damaged.

Est: $4,000 - $6,000



Five new articles by Haseeb Shehadeh


Professor Shehadeh has shared his recent articles with us. Thank you Hasseb!




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The Samaritans and the Samaritan community on YouTube

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Gentlemen. Children of respectable lsạmryh community.
Every year and you are a thousand good
Invites you to the high priest range lsạmryh Abdullah Descriptor to participate with the introduction of the Holy Bible to new synagogue from synagogue, big day tomorrow, Friday at five pm
Dear Ada
The High Priest Abdul Ben Asher, invite you to attend the temple. The Torah books of the new temple on Friday, 7.4.2017 at five in the evening
The ritual starts at temple


Interior of the New Gerizim Synagogue a few days before the opening

Photo posted by Roey Altif (Facebook) March 21, 2017

Today was the first time in a temple, the new divine mountain hargryzym, just warms my heart to see the power is in there, many more! Amen, huge kudos to all who participated in the holy handcraft.’

[Photo shopped from 2 photos] Facebook Posts of the new synagogue from a drone on 4-4-2017 by Âshęr Mĺń






Scroll photo by Amit Marhiv, March 3, 2017 at the Samaritan Synagogue on Mount Gerizim (Facebook Post)










‘On the occasion of the first month of the Hebrew year blessed to take this opportunity to congratulate all the sons of my highest congratulations and greetings to this blessed occasion wishing peace and safety to all the peoples of the region, and God bless us our Lord that we are enjoying full Health and wellness.’ (Facebook Post of Ziv Altif, March 27, 2017)





Understanding the Israelite Samaritans: From Ancient to Modern by Benyamim Tsedaka

CARTA JERUSALEM, Sep 1, 2017 - Religion - 40 pages


9652208884, 9789652208880


Understanding the Samaritans opens a window into the fascinating history of the Samaritan community. The Samaritans are a small group that claims descent from the ancient Israelites, that is, from the biblical Kingdom of Israel (as opposed to Judah), and claims to continue the Northern Israelite lineage and heritage. The Samaritans are associated with one of the most famous New Testament parables, known as "The Good Samaritan." The Gospels also tell of Jesus' encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Like Jews, Samaritans base their religion on the Torah. Their holy site is at Mount Gerizim, near Shechem, in the heart of the region of Samaria (hence their name), rather than in Jerusalem.


‘Specifika samaritánského Desatera The specifics of the Samaritan Decalogue’

By Klára Verzichová Univerzita Karlova, Husitská teologická fakulta

Židovská civilizace: Judaismus jako náboženský systém

2016, pp.9-19


Looking Backward: A Photographic Portrait of the World at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century,

by Michael Lesy, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. April 2017 ISBN 978-0-393-23973-7 10 × 10.4 in / 256 pages

See review and some of the pages


I believe there is just the one Samaritan Photo in the book, yet with this one photo, more people will be exposed to the Samaritans, I hope.








Call For Papers


AJS 49th Annual Conference
December 17-19, 2017
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

9. Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity

The division of the history of the Jews and Judaism in the Persian, Greco-Roman, and Byzantine period invites scholars to think about the larger historiographic and cultural contexts in which we write and interpret the Jewish past. In 2017 we would be particularly excited by the following themes, and also invite you to suggest sessions and individual lectures that suit your own interests and talents:

2.    Samaritanism and Judaism in Greco-Roman Antiquity. Recent scholarship and discoveries have invigorated research on Jewish-Samaritan (and sometimes Christian) relations in Greco-Roman antiquity.



9th Enoch Seminar. From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity - 18-19-20-21-22-23/06/2017, Camaldoli (Italy)



9:00-10:30 1st session Hebrew Bible

11:00-12:30 2nd session Samaritan Pentatuech


CALL. 07.03.2017: [Panel 3 at SBL Annual Meeting 2017] Aramaic Studies - Boston (MA, USA)



ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Ute Possekel (Harvard University) Tawny Holm (Pennsylvania State University)

INFO: web - call -

CALL: The Aramaic Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature invites papers on any aspect of Aramaic language, texts, and culture.
Topics may include Targumim, Qumran Aramaic texts, Syriac biblical versions and exegesis, Samaritan papyri, and Elephantine Aramaic, among others. In addition to one open session, we are planning three thematic sessions for 2017 and especially invite papers on these subjects. One thematic session will focus on the topic of language transfer and contact (the relationship of Aramaic to Greek, Iranian languages, etc.).




Future Publications


Samaritan Languages, Texts, and Traditions (to be published October 2017)

Ed. by Schorch, Stefan

ISBN: 978-3-11-032454-9 Product Type: Books Format: eBook (PDF)

Also available as Hardcover, Print/eBook, eBook (EPUB)


Volume III Leviticus (to be published August 2017)

Ed. by Schorch, Stefan

ISBN: 978-3-11-040410-4 Product Type: Books Format: eBook (PDF)

Also available as Hardcover, Print/eBook, eBook (EPUB)


Tibĺt Mĺrqe, The Ark of Marqe Edition, Translation, Commentary

Ed. by Tal, Abraham Approx. 700 pages; Language: English, Hebrew

Tibĺt Mĺrqe is a collection of midrashic compositions, which, in the main, rewrites the Pentateuch, expanding its sometimes laconic presentation of events and precepts. Most of it aims at providing the reader with theological, didactic and philosophical teachings, artistically associated with the passages of the Torah. Here and there poetic pieces are embedded into its otherwise prosaic text. Tibĺt Mĺrqe is attributed to the 4th century scholar, philosopher and poet, Mĺrqe. 
This publication of Tibĺt Mĺrqe follows the monumental Hebrew edition of Ze’ev Ben-Hayyim, Tibĺt Mĺrqe, a Collection of Samaritan Midrashim (Jerusalem 1988), based on a 16th century manuscript. Though he recognized the precedence of an earlier manuscript, dated to the 14th century, Ben-Hayyim was compelled to prefer the former, given the fragmentary state of the latter. He printed its fragments in parallel with the younger one, to which his annotations and discussions chiefly pertain. With the recent discovery of a great portion of the missing parts of the 14th century manuscript, this edition endeavors to present the older form of the composition. The present book may be relevant to people interested in literature, language, religion, and Samaritan studies.


The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot Through the Heart of the Middle East
Leon McCarron, I.B.  Tauris & Co Ltd. Aug 29, 2017 [See article: Exclusive extract from 2017 RGS Neville Shulman Challenge Award winner Leon McCarron’s ‘The Land Beyond’]



Of Interest


Revealed: 28 Dead Sea Scrolls fragments have been sold in the US and could be published within a year

‘Twenty eight new Dead Sea Scrolls fragments have been sold and are now sitting in three US institutions awaiting publication.’


‘This fragment is at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. It preserves part of Deuteronomy 27:4-6, a passage in which the lord commands that an altar be built for him at Mount Gerizim. A preliminary study of the fragment was written and published online in 2010’


Read the full article:


At the Florida Political Science Association Annual Meeting Saturday, April 1, 2017, Valencia College, Orlando, Florida, Yara Asi, University of Central Florida read the work, ‘The Samaritans of the West Bank: well-being, Citizenship, and Politics on Mount Gerizim.’



From Creation to Sinai: Jewish, Christian, and Quranic Traditions in Interaction March 5-8, 2017

Samaritan and Christian Exegesis of Genesis Chair: Adiel Schremer (Bar-Ilan University)

Concepts of Creation in the Early Samaritan Liturgical Poetry:  Stefan Schorch (Martin Luther Universität Halle  Wittenberg)



Paradigm Change in Pentateuchal Research: John Bergsma, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, USA A ‹Samaritan› Pentateuch? The Implications of the Pro-Northern Tendency of the Completed Torah


(2144) Még egy zsidó templom






Tens of thousands celebrate Pesach in Samaria, ‘The most popular tourist sites were the National Park on Mount Gerizim, the ancient Samaria National Park, and the State Terrace Festival.’

Samiri Yahudileri Hamursuz Bayramı'nı kutladı


Pesah / Na svetoj planini počelo obilježavanje najvećeg jevrejskog praznika


Die Samaritaner schlachten noch PessachlämmerBlutige Erinnerung


Diferenças entre sinagogas samaritanas e judaicas

by Ariel Haddad | mar 28, 2017 | Arqueologia, Cięncia, Judaísmo, Samaritanismo


Samaritans attend traditional Passover sacrifice near West Bank by Xinhua/Fadi Arouri


Samaritans celebrate Passover by Issam Rimawi- Anadolu Agency


Samaritans Gather on Mount Gerizim during Their Annual Passover Pilgrimage in Latin American Herald Tribune


Samaritans, Iconsonic journey to the discovery of a millenary culture Iconsonic opera by Yuval Avital


A mentira da miscigenaçăo - Portal da Torá em História Genética dos Samaritanos


A Torá Samaritana


Tyler Gathro (Photos & film)





BAĞIR, Muhammed Ali

Sâmiriler: Köken Sorunu ve Günümüz İsrail Devleti’ndeki Yansımaları in Milel ve Nihal, 13 (2), 101-128


Barkay, Rachel

Samaritan Sarcophagi of the Roman Period From the Land of Israel


Bednarski, Marek

Obraz Samarytan w okresie rzymskim i ich relacje ze wspólnotą żydowską w świetle dzieł Józefa Flawiusza, w: Veritati et Caritati 4 (2015), s. 37-78


Bernasconi, Rocco

Tannaitic “Israel” and the Kutim,’ in N. Belayche and S. C. Mimouni (eds), Entre lignes de partage et territoires de passage: les identités religieuses dans les mondes grec et romain. «Paganismes», «judaďsmes», «christianismes», (Collection de la Revue des Études Juives 47, Leuven: Peeters),2009, pp. 365-92.


Bonnar, Christope

Asfĺr Asāṭīr, le "Livre des Légendes", une réécriture araméenne du Pentateuque samaritain : présentation, édition critique, traduction et commentaire philologique, commentaire comparatif


Cosentino, Augusto

Review: Jews and Samaritans: The Origins and History of their Early Relations. By Gary N. Knoppers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-19-532954-4. xi and 326 pages


Damsma, Alinda

Review of Jan Dušek. Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim and Samaria between Antiochus III and Antiochus IV Epiphanes (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012), in Strata: The Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 30 (2012), pp. 128-131


Dusek, Jan

Mt. Gerizim Sanctuary, Its History and Enigma of Origin (HeBAI 3/1, 2014, p. 111-133)


Finkel, Joshua—Brooklyn, New York.

"Jewish, Christian, and Samaritan Influences on Arabia." In The Macdonald Presentation Volume, New York: Books for Libraries Press, Inc. 1968 (reprint from 1933 Princeton University Press 1933)p. 145-166


Florentin, Moshe

Among the sooner - criteria for evaluating the time of the anonymous Samaritan Aramaic liturgical poems ", our tongues total (Second Edition), pp 279-302" HEBREW

"An Unknown Samaritan Poem of the Type FATIḤA", Samaria, Samarians, Samaritans – Studies on Bible, History and Linguistics (ed. J. Zengeller), KG, Berlin/Boston, 2008, pp. 203-215.

Embedded Midrashim in Samaritan Piyyutim”, Jewish Quarterly Review 96 (2006), pp 525-539

The alternation u / o, diphthongs, pataḥ furtivum and the 3m. s. Pronominal suffix in Samaritan Hebrew and Aramaic versus Tiberian Hebrew”, Journal of Semitic Studies 54/2 (2009), pp. 365-380

The Hebrew Dictionary of Gesenius and the Study of Samaritan Hebrew in Past and Present”, in: Hebräishce Lexicographie und biblische Exegese:Das Werk fon Wilhelm Gesenius (eds. E. J. Waschke and S. Schorch), BZAW (der Gruyter: Berlin)

The Object Suffixes in Samaritan Aramaic and the Ways they are attached to the Verb”, Abr-Nahrain 29 (1991), pp. 67-82

Review - The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version. Edited and translated by BENYAMIM TSEDAKA and coedited by SHARON SULLIVAN, The Journal of Theological Studies, 2015

Late Samaritan Hebrew, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, ed. G. Khan, Brill, Leiden 2013

Review - A. Tal, Samaritan Aramaic, Aramaic Studies 14 (2016), pp. 67-79

Review - A. Tal, A Dictionary of Samaritan Aramaic, Leiden 2000, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 67 (2004), pp. 198-206 (review article)

Samaritan Hebrew: Biblical, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, ed. G. Khan, Brill, Leiden 2013

Samaritan Pentateuch, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, ed. G. Khan, Brill, Leiden 2013

Tawḥīd – The Language and Structure of Unknown Samaritan Poems”, Hebrew Union College Annual 77 (2006), pp. 167-178

Traditions are Born: A Medieval Samaritan Poem Takes on a New Form”, Journal of Jewish Studies 58 (2007), pp. 105-120

Undermining the internal passive system and the status we act and admire the tradition of the Samaritans and sages, "our language well (Tsn"b), pp 201-211" HEBREW


Himam Mu'afi

Samirîler Yahudiler ve Tevrat 2015


Iserlis, Mark

Thin-section Analysis of Samaritan Oil Lamps and Incense Bowl.


Justnes, Ĺrstein

Forfalskninger av dřdehavsruller

Om mer enn 70 nye fragmenter – og historien om ett av dem (DSS F.154; 5 Mos 27,4–6) [Forgeries of Dead Sea Scrolls, If more than 70 new fragments - and the story of one of them (DSS F.154; 5 Mos 27.4 to 6)] in Theological Journal 01/2017 (Volume 5)

ABSTRACT: In the last fifteen years, more than 70 new Dead Sea scrolls fragments have surfaced on the antiquities market. The fragments come with epic stories of origin, but are of uncertain provenance. Over 90% of these are probably forgeries. This article is particularly concerned with one of the fragments, DSS F.154 (Deut 27:4–6, also called the “HarGarizim-fragment”), and will demonstrate how a forgery is introduced, accepted and eventually becomes part of the dataset.


Kosiński, Rafał

Samarytanie w Cesarstwie Rzymskim w drugiej połowie V wieku (Samaritans in the Roman Empire in 2nd Half of 5th Century)’ in Zeszyty Naukowe Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego MCCCXVIII. Prace Historyczne, zeszyt 138, pod red. Artura Patka, Kraków 2011, pp. 25-39.


Lehnardt, Andreas

(Review) Lehnardt_2016_Review of Gary N. Knoppers Jews and Samaritans, in_ThLZ (2016)


Die Taube auf dem Garizim, Zur antisamaritanischen Polemik in der rabbinischen Literatur,’ in Historische und literarische Wechselwirkungen zwischen biblischen und samaritanischen Traditionen / Historical and Literary Interactions between Biblical and Samaritan Traditions 2012


Lim, Sung Uk

"Josephus Constructs the Samari(t)ans: A Strategic Construction of Judaean/Jewish Identity through the Rhetoric of Inclusion and Exclusion," JTS (2013)


Long, Phillip

[Review] Reinhard Pummer, The Samaritans: A Profile. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2016.


Merrony, Mark W.

Socio-economic aspects of the Byzantine mosaic pavements of Phoenicia and northern Palestine (University of Oxford, Thesis 2002). 


Morabito, Vittorio

The Samaritans in Sicily and the Inscription in a Probable Synagogue in Syracuse. in New Samaritan Studies, Société d’études samaritaines III & IV (Ed. A. D. Crown and L. Davey), Mandelbaum Publishing, The University of Sydney, 1995, 237 – 258


Münz-Manor, Ophir

(Review) M. Florentin - Samaritan Elegies: A Collection of Lamentations, Admonitions, and Poems of Praising God - European Journal of Jewish Studies in European Journal of Jewish Studies 11 (2017): 111–114


Salihoglu, Mahmut

Samiriler (Samaritans) (in Turkish)


Schiffman, Lawrence

Quoted in: (The Samaritans and Qumran)," A. B. - The Samaritan News (Fall, 1996), 61-62.

“The Samaritans in Amoraic Halakhah,” in Shoshannat Yaakov: Jewish and Iranian Studies in Honor of Yaakov Elman (eds. S. Secunda and S. Fine; Leiden: Brill, 2012) 371-89.

"The Samaritans in Tannaitic Halakhah," Jewish Quarterly Review 75 (1985), pp. 323-350.


Tigchelaar, Eibert

‘The material variance of the Dead Sea Scrolls: On texts and artefacts’ in HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 10 June 2016


Post-2002 Dead Sea Scrolls Fishy Fragments — or Forgeries? On Provenance and Authenticity: Some Cases


Tov, Emanuel

The Development of the Text of the Torah in Two Major Text Blocks 2016


Urien, Fanny

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Verzichová Klára (Univerzita Karlova, Husitská teologická fakulta)

‘Specifika samaritánského Desatera The specifics of the Samaritan Decalogue’ in Židovská civilizace: Judaismus jako náboženský system 2016, pp.9-19


Zsengellér, József

Miről szól a Sola Scriptura? A Samaritánus Pentateuchus hermeneutikai jelentősége a reformáció korában (2015)


Origin or Origianlity of the Torah. The Textcritical Value of the Samaritan Pentateuch (2009)


Samaria, Samarians, Samaritans Studies on Bible, History and Linguistics (2011)


Samaritan Rewritings: The Toledot in Samaritan Literature (2014)


The Samaritan Day of Atonement (2012)


“To be or not to be . . .” An Historical Interpretation of 2 Kings 17 in Josephus’ Antiquities (2011)


Was He a Bad Samaritan? Ascensio Isaiae and the Early Jewish and Early Christian Anti-Polemic (2010)



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