The Samaritan Update

“Mount Gerizim,

All the Days of Our Lives”


May / June 2017                                                                                                Vol. XVI - No 5

In This Issue


·         Congratulations

·         5 Shehadeh articles

·         Commentary

·         Summer Tour

·         Understanding book

·         Tsedaka post

·         Links

·         Asher Post

·         Ebay items

·         Sassony Post

·         Auction Results

·         Publications

·         Future Publications

·         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 Day of the Sinai Assembly Wednesday May 31, 2017

The Last Day of the Counting of the Omer/ The Festival of Weeks (Shavuot)/ Second Pilgrimage Sunday June 4, 2017

Festival of the 1st Day of the 7th Month Wednesday Sept. 20, Day of Atonement Friday Sept. 29, 2017

Festival of Sukkot/ third Pilgrimage Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017

Festival of the Eighth Day Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017


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



A beautiful daughter was born to Yaqira and Avi b. Peleg Altif, on Mount Gerizim – June 2, 2017 (photo left)


A New Baby Girl - Meshe d. of Ofra and Yaron Cohen - Holon
Monday, 3.7.2017; 13:20

(photo right)


Congratulations to the Newlyweds
Mallie and Tsedie Yehoshua:
A New Couple of the Israelite-Samaritan Community
 Tuesday Night – June 27, 2017




Five New Articles from Haseeb Shehadeh

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A Complete Commentary On The Torah

We are pleased to announce that A.B. Institute of Samaritan Studies is completing preparations for the publication of my fourth major life project, A Complete Commentary On The Torah, based on the Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah as it has been delivered for the past 125 generations, since it was originally written by Mooshee Ban ’Aamraam [Moses ben ‘Amram] the Prophet of all prophets.

Each hardcover volume relates to a book of the Torah, and is divided into three sections:

(1) A complete commentary based on the rich wisdom of the Israelite Samaritan Sages, and the humble opinion of the commentator Benyamim Tsedaka. This part is written in Modern Hebrew.

(2) The original text in Ancient Hebrew.

(3) The original text in modern Aramaic script, with the commonly accepted chapter and verse numbers to make it easier for the reader to follow the commentary.

The price for the whole series of five hardcover books is $400 including worldwide delivery.

The whole set of five books can be ordered through our website, via A.B. Institute representative Greenwave Promotions, authorized by us to send a receipt for each purchase. Please find the list of Numbers readings below.

Fondly, Your friend Benny


The complete commentary on the Torah was published
based on the Version of the Torah among the Israelite-Samaritans – June 7, 2017

At last after ten years of writing, research and study, the commentator Benyamim Tsedaka, the head of the A.B. Institute of Samaritan Studies”, published the whole series: "The complete Commentary of the Torah based on the Version of the Torah that has been handed down from generation to generation, for thousands of years, among the Israelite-Samaritans - Keepers of the Torah.

The commentary is published in five volumes, a volume for each Fifth: Genesis, Exodos, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Each volume is divided into three parts. The first is a complete commentary on Fifth according to the order of the portions. The second part - the original text in ancient Hebrew; The third part - the Aramaic text ["Modern-Hebrew"], divided into chapters and verses that have been in use since the 13th century. Each volume has two introductory pages in English.

At the end of Deuteronomy, the commentator added selected essays based on his analysis of special topics in the Torah.

The entire series was distributed to every Isralite Samaritan family of the 210 families of the community as of today - 2017

The series is published with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture of the State of Israel, by the “A.B. - Institute of Samaritan Studies”, Holon - Mount Gerizim.

The price of the series is $400 including mailing. It is possible to deposite the sum through Pay Pal in “Donations” in the web site:

I am grateful to all readers and seekers of Samaritan Studies.

Benyamim Tsedaka


Benyamim Tsedaka 2017 Tour

In June and July I plan a European Tour to promote Samaritan Studies and Research

11 June - 17 June 2017 London, England

18 June - 29 June 2017 Paris, France

30 June - 5 July 2017 Budapest, Hungary

The website shows the latest updates in the itinerary.
Please contact us if you would like to arrange a lecture, workshop or meeting during my visit.
Lecture subjects are listed on our website, with the addition of my books A Complete Commentary of the Torah and The History of the Israelite Keepers Based on Their Own Sources


Understanding The Israelite-Samaritans

The first publication in English - concentrated information on the Israelite Samaritans - From Ancient to Modern by Benyamim Tsedaka

The Publishing Company "Carta Jerusalem" specializes in historical and contemporary information books with maps proving existence and spectacular images, published resenting the new publication in a special series UNDERSTANDING - "Understanding the Israelite Samaritans - From Ancient to Modern - Written by Benyamim Tsedaka, The head of "A.B. - Institute of Samaritan Studies", Holon, Israel

The publication is in English and includes 19 topics typical to the Israelite Samaritans. The publication opens a focused window to the readers of English about the Israelite-Samaritans, their history, culture, traditions, literature, belief and the current development of the community on all regards characterize this development. The Israelite Samaritans are described as seekers of peace and a model of living together with all the entities of the Middle East and welcoming all the guests who come to visit the community from around the world.

The publication is aimed at spreading among the English-speaking world that will be aware through it to the existence and development of one of the oldest communities of the civilized world and to the tourist centers in Israel and abroad in places connected with the history of the community.

The CEO of "Carta Jerusalem", Mr. Shai Hausman, informed me that the price of each copy of the publication is NIS 55 [or $ 14.95], including VAT for a single purchase of up to 4 copies.

The discounts for the purchase of quantities are as available.

Carta, Jerusalem
POB 2500, 11 Rivka St.
Jerusalem 9102401, Israel
Tel: 972-2-678-3355 Fax: 972-2-678-2373

It is requested that the purchaser's request be made directly

from Israel and around the world to Carta, Jerusalem.

Benyamim Tsedaka


 A Facebook post from Benyamim Tsedaka while in Paris


The National Library in Paris - Collection of manuscripts Samaritans - Samaritan prayers from 1902. Copyist: Issachar Ben Avraham.
















by Yitzchak Schwartz.


Portrait: The High Priest of the ancient Samaritan community, Ovadia Cohen by David Vaaknin April 10, 2017 


RPC 2220 var The twice-published unpublished coin June 6, 2017 by Jim Hazelton


Samaritan Targum recreation

This website is selling a preproduction of the Samaritan Targum. THIS IS NOT AN ORIGINAL!!!



Facebook Postings from a Drone Over Gerizim by  Âshęr Mĺń




Beware of Forgeries

On Ebay there is an ‘Antique original Samaritans copper handmade thin amulet (m1534)’ for sale. But. It does not appear real. Copper was either cleaned and looks new, no folds or creases in copper.

Share your thoughts. Waiting for saler’s provenance.


For sale on Ebay


Rare Signed CDV Jewish Samaritan High Priest Yaacov ben ben Aaharon Shalma 1880

Rare CDV signed in Aramaic by the Samaritan High Priest Yaacov ben Aaharon Shalma (1874-1916) circa 1880. The Samaritans are a few people defining themselves as descended from the ancient Israelites, and living in Israel and the West Bank. It is sometimes called the religion of Samaritanism.

The Samaritans offer the paradox of being both one of the smallest populations in the world, since they amounted to 712 in 2007 and is one of the oldest with a written history, since their existence is attested to millennium BC Samaria. They dominated the area until the sixth century, in the north of present Israel.

Their religion is based on the Pentateuch, such as Judaism. However, unlike the latter, they refuse religious centrality of Jerusalem. Although they appeared before the development of rabbinic Judaism, and that difference is therefore not the cause of their divergence, they do not have rabbis and do not accept the Talmud of Orthodox Judaism. The Samaritans also refused the books of the Hebrew Bible post-Pentateuch (books of the prophets and hagiographers pounds).

They do not consider themselves Jews, but as descendants of the ancient Israelites from the ancient kingdom of Samaria. Conversely, Orthodox Jews consider themselves the descendants of foreign populations (settlers Assyrians of antiquity) have adopted an illegitimate version of the Hebrew religion, and as such refuse to consider them as Jews, or even as descendants of ancient Israelites. They are recognized as Jews by the State of Israel.

The Samaritan High Priest is the high priest (kohen gadol) of the remaining Samaritan community in the Levant. According to the Samaritan's tradition, the office has existed continuously since the time of Aaron, the brother of Moses, and has been held by 132 priests in the last thirty-four centuries. However, the historicity of this claim is disputable; the office itself may go back into the Hellenistic period, which would still make it the oldest, constantly occupied, religious office in the world. One account by Josephus suggests that its office holders are an offshoot of the Zadokite high priests of Jerusalem from around the time of Alexander the Great.

The continuous lineage of Samaritan High Priests, descending directly from Aaron, through his son Eleazar, and his son Phinehas, was however disrupted in the early 17th century. In 1624, the last Samaritan High Priest of the line of Eleazar son of Aaron died without male succession, but descendants
of Aaron's other son, Ithamar, remained and took over the office.

Size: 6.5 x 10.5 cm approx.. Free Worldwide Shipping Price: GBP 750.00 (Approximately US $955.35) or appear the UK company will take an offer.
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Place of Burned Sacrifices, Mt. Gerizim, Shechem, Vintage Magic Lantern Glass Slide

Made by T.H. McAllister, Manufacturing Optician, 49 Nassau Street, New York Size of Slide: 3 1/4" X 4" (3.25 inches X 4 inches).  Metric: 8.25 cm by 10.16 cm. Pre- 1940 (so the seller says) For sale on Ebay (6/5/2017) SOLD From what evidence that I can find, it is possibly 1898


Glass Magic Lantern Slide SAMARITAN JEWS C1910 ISRAEL

This is a very rare glass slide. If you notice the Priest is holding a page of the Samaritan Tabernacle drawing, which would indicate that the photo was taken around 1902-4 when the Samaritans sold these to tourists beginning at the World’s Fourth Sunday-School Convention in Jerusalem in 1904. The drawing was compared to every known source and image and it is not known. W.E. Barton, seen these for sale in 1902. [The Editor of the Samaritan Update; This is the 2nd drawing that I have found that has not be reported on over the years, most likely lost today.]


A Glass Lantern slide miss labled for sale on ebay This slide was labeled a New Testament yet it is clearly the ancient Samaritan Torah


Glass Magic Lantern Slide SAMARITAN HIGH PRIEST C1910 ISRAEL Ebay link

Most likely taken in 1904




For sale on Ebay (6/5/2017)




Post Card: Samaritains Sacrifice de Pâques Nablus Naplouse Cisjordanie Israël Samaritans

For sale on Ebay (6/5/2017)













Priests names


Izhar Sassony posted on his Facebook, June 22, 2017, a photo from an old paper that has the names of the eligible and great priests in birth order.






























Auction results


Results from the Kedem Public Auction House Ltd May 9, 2017, 4:00 PM GMT Jerusalem, Israel

As shown in the last issue of the Samaritan Update


Lot 89: Five Books of the Torah (Codex) - Samaritan Manuscript - from the Collection of Chacham Rabbi Yitzchak Binyamin Yehudah NOT SOLD


Lot 90: Samaritan Manuscript - Prayers for Sukkot and Simchat Torah Holidays NOT SOLD


Lot 91: Six Volumes - Samaritan Manuscripts - Torah Portions NOT SOLD





Publication of Azusa Pacific University’s Dead Sea Scrolls to Enhance Biblical Scholarship  

Azusa Pacific University announces the long-awaited formal publication of rare Dead Sea Scroll (DSS) manuscripts from its Special Collections library. The highly anticipated official publication of these rare and fragile antiquities will appear as a volume in the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary Dead Sea Scrolls Project series.


[PDF]Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿa, History of Physicians, trad. L. Kopf - Robert Alessi

May 26, 2017 - Translated for the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, under the .... 16* [A Samaritan who converted to Islam.] 1) cf. part II, ..... [lacuna in all mss].


Casanata Library, Italy

Established in 1701, Cardinal Girolamo Casanata ensured that this monastery library, completed the year after the Cardinal’s death, was always open to the public. Even after the library was taken over by the Italian government in 1872, the library has remained available to all Romans. Included in the library’s collection are 64 Greek codices and 230 Hebrew texts, including 5 Samaritan codices. There are over 2000 books printed before 1500 and 6000 manuscripts. –

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Future Publications


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)


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)



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’]





Bement, R.B.

Tyre; the history of Phoenicia, Palestine and Syria, and the final captivity of Israel and Judah by the Assyrians. Alton, Ill., Printed by Parks & Ennis, 1858.

Upon the top of Mount Gerizim stood Gothem, when with a loud voice, he hailed the men of Shechem, in this valley, and gave them the parable of the trees, holding a consultation for the election of a king. In this valley of Shechem before me, occurred the wars between Alimeleck and the men of Shechem.

Nablous is a town of about six thousand inhabitants. They are the most robber-like and ungovernable people in all Palestine. We avoided the inhabitants and did not enter the town. Its name is the Arabic of Neapolis, one of the titles of Vespatian, the father of Titus, who destroyed Jerusalem in the year seventy. In a Samaritan synagogue is a copy of the pentateuch, which tradition asserts to be as old as the day of Moses. As we did not see this manuscript, I will give a description from another writer:

It proved to be a large roll, kept in a brass cover, and adorned with various costly coverings of crimson silk, and embroidered in letters of gold. We examined the manuscript with all the care we could, and noticed, besides its antiquity, that it was written in columns of about five, by fourteen inches, and three of these to what may bo termed a page.

We were permitted to touch the valuable manuscript, to look as closely as we chose at the various peculiarities it possesses—the color of the ink, the size, shape, and character of the alphabet, the arrangement of the words and sentences, &c, and, in short, to enter upon any examination which our time or our wishes allowed us. The old rabbi was very obliging in every way, and in answer to our inquiries as to the probable age of the manuscript before us, did not scruple to declare that it belonged to the period of Moses.

This was more than we could credit, though we entertained no sort of doubt that the Samaritan Pentateuch is of an age that entitles it to the very great consideration of Biblical questions.

Lloyd, William (Bishop of Worcester)

An Answer to a Letter to Dr. Sherlock [by William Lloyd, Bishop of Worcester] written in vindication of that part of Josephus's History which gives the account of Jaddus's submission to Alexander: against the answer [by Thomas Wagstaffe] to the piece [by Zachary Taylor] entituled: Obedience and Submission to the Present Government. London, 1692.

Zsengellér, József

‘Kutim or Samarites: A History of the Designation of the Samaritans’ in Société d'études samaritaines. International Congress (5th : 2000 : Helsinki) Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress of the société d'études samaritaines : Helsinki, August 1-4, 2000 : studies in memory of Ferdinand Dexinger / international congress of the société d'études samaritaines ; edited by Haseeb Shehadeh & Habib Tawa ; with the collaboration of Reinhard Pummer. Paris : Geuthner, 2005.

“Templom és szent szöveg: zsidó és samaritánus kontextus”, in Szécsi J. szerk.: Keresztény-Zsidó Teológiai Évkönyv 2003, Budapest, 2003, 176-185


“A teremtéstörténet a samaritánus vallásban” in Szécsi József szerk.: Keresztény-Zsidó Teológiai Évkönyv 2006, Budapest: Keresztény–Zsidó Társaság, 2006. 401-415. "A teremtéstörténet a samaritánus vallásban” ATF Szemle 2006/2 5-16.




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