The Samaritan Update


“Mount Gerizim,

All the Days of Our Lives”



July / August 2018                                                                                                              Vol. XVII - No 6

In This Issue


·         Marriages

·         4 Shehadeh articles

·         Recent Articles

·         Stereoview

·         Benny’s Tour

·         From the Editor

·         Ebay Photos 4 sale

·         Ebay Books for sale

·         Articles

·         Publications

·         Biblio

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2018, the Samaritan Community numbered 810.

In 1786, Samaritan numbered approximately 100 (El-‘Ayyeh)

 Future Events

It has been 3656 years since the entrance into the Holy Land

 (Samaritan’s typical calendar) 

It has been 6447 years since the counting of Creation


2018 Samaritan Holy Days


Festival of the First Day of the 7th Month- Tues. Oct. 9, 2018

The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)- Thurs. Oct. 18, 2018

The Festival of Sukkot- Tues Oct. 23, 2018

Festival of the Eighth Day- Tues. Oct. 30, 2018

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


 New Couples in Mount Gerizim:

Maayan and Amir b. Nilly [Nawal] married on Wednesday Evening –

July 17, 2018


Mtar and Tomer b. Menashe Tsdedaka married on July 3, 2018


A new couple in Holon, Israel.

Ruchama and Ben b. Yitzhaq b. Benyamim Yehoshua

Tuesday evening August 28, 2018



Four New Articles from Haseeb Shehadeh




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Recent Articles


Samaritans Heritage & Culture Exhibition: 2018

YouTube video


The last of the good Samaritans by Judith Fein

A Real-Life Samaritan Leader Explains What It Means to Be a Good Samaritan

By Justin Fornal and Mabrook Ishaq

There are less than 1,000 Samaritans living in the world today. Community secretary Mabrook Ishaq is one of them. He told us his story.


Living Monuments: Imagining Ancient Gene Pools in the Middle East

MAY 29, 2018 / ELISE K. BURTON


Người Samaritans cuối cùng

  29/08/2018   Giải Trí/Cuộc Sống


The Samaritan High Priest as Pedagogue


Stereoscopic cards are housed in a box which looks like two books; the box is labeled "Journeys in all Lands: Palestine" and credited to Realistic Travels;



Benny’s 2018 Lecture Tour

Seattle Washington, USA Oct. 31- Nov. 2

North Carolina – Nov. 6- 11

New York City Nov. 11-18

Cincinnati Nov. 18-25

Teresina, Brazil Dec. 2-9

Rio de Janeiro Dec. 9-16

Sao Paulo Dec. 16-23

If you wish to contact Benyamim Tsedaka about this Lectures and dates: contact him here



From the Editor


In July, I acquired this writing from Lansing, Michigan, which is very close to Michigan State University, the location of the Chamberlain Warren Collection. The verses of Deuteronomy 33:28-29 was written in Samaritan by Ratson Ben Tsedaka Tsafri (1922-1990), Samaritan author, scholar and the father of Benyamim and Yefet Tsedaka, themselves scholars and editors of the A.B. Samaritan News.  The Editor



Photos for Sale on Ebay

There are at this time on, photos of the 1961 Passover are for sale from the Ebay seller called nordicpix located in Reykjavik, Iceland. Back of the photos: ‘Sunday Telegraph 7 May 1961”

Howard Kent is the name of the back of a few of the photos. Samaritan Charity.- Vintage Photo. From a Working newspaper archive. Appear to be original photos of the period. Photos appear to be 3 ¾” x 5 ½”. Each photo appears individually to for sell for $22.90 plus shipping. But they have a, buy 2, get 1 free promotion.


Howard Kent (1919 -2005)

‘Howard joined the News Chronicle becoming chief picture editor before it closed in 1960.

A few months later he was asked to work on the film Lawrence of Arabia as picture editor and became our man in Amman for the production team. He was asked to obtain pictures of the annual Passover Feast of the Samaritans. He set out at midnight with two female companions to be driven the 80 miles through the desert to film the feast he had been promised took place at first light.’ He wrote, Single Bed for Three: A 'Lawrence of Arabia' Notebook. It is unknown if there is mention of the Samaritans in the book.

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There is also a complete French Newspaper of 8 pages 38x28 cm. The date appears to be 1813-11-8 of the Journal De L’Empire that contains an article on the Samaritans in Nablus. Link





 Samaritan Legends by Ratson Tsedaqa 1965 Ebay link





Genealogies Samaritan Priests Taka Tawfiek Samri book 17 Ebay link











EXPLOITS Magazine August 2018 Published on Aug 2, 2018 Jews and the Samaritans Four Types of Prayer Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast Link











Popular Mechanics, Feb 1924, p 273. link














‘I was published 47 years ago in a newspaper in Samaritan, the fourth issue of 16/7/1971, my research under the title "how to move the temple march in sinai". Director of the Samaritan Museum on Mount Gerizim.





Recent Publications


Leviticus: Volume III

by Stefan Schorch (Editor)

A critical edition of the Samaritan Pentateuch is one of the most urgent desiderata of Hebrew Bible research. The present volume on Leviticus is the first out of a series of five meant to fill this gap. The text from the oldest manuscripts of the SP is continuously accompanied by comparative readings, gathered from the Samaritan Targum and the oral reading, as well as MT, the DSS, and the LXX, creating an indispensable resource for Biblical research.

Print Length: 251 pages

Publisher: De Gruyter 

Publication Date: July 2018 Language: English, Hebrew


Samaritan Languages, Texts, and Traditions

Series: Studia Samaritana 8Studia Judaica 75

Ed. by Schorch, Stefan


The volume collects studies in the linguistic, exegetical and historical traditions found in Samaritan texts or pertaining to our understanding of the Samaritans, from antiquity to the present. Apart from the Hebrew Pentateuch, a special focus is laid on sources in Samaritan Arabic and Samaritan Aramaic.

Publisher: De Gruyter 

Publication Date: Sept. 2019, 330 pages, English,


The Bible, Qumran, and the Samaritans

Series: Studia Samaritana 10

Ed. by Kartveit, Magnar / Knoppers, Gary N.


Aims and Scope:

Discoveries on Mount Gerizim and in Qumran demonstrate that the final editing of the Hebrew Bible coincides with the emergence of the Samaritans as one of the different types of Judaisms from the last centuries BCE. This book discusses this new scholarly situation.


Scholars working with the Bible, especially the Pentateuch, and experts on the Samaritans approach the topic from the vantage point of their respective fields of expertise. Earlier, scholars who worked with Old Testament/Hebrew Bible studies mostly could leave the Samaritan material to experts in that area of research, and scholars studying the Samaritan material needed only sporadically to engage in Biblical studies.


This is no longer the case: the pre-Samaritan texts from Qumran and the results from the excavations on Mount Gerizim have created an area of study common to the previously separated fields of research. Scholars coming from different directions meet in this new area, and realize that they work on the same questions and with much common material. This volume presents the current state of scholarship in this area and the effects these recent discoveries have for an understanding of this important epoch in the development of the Bible.

Publisher: De Gruyter 

Publication Date: July 2018, 214 pages English


The Samaritans in Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives (Studia Samaritana) Hardcover – December 17, 2018

by Jan Dusek (Editor)


The volume contributes to the knowledge of the Samaritan history, culture and linguistics. Specialists of various fields of research bring a new look on the topics related to the Samaritans and the Hebrew and Arabic written sources, to the Samaritan history in the Roman-Byzantine period as well as to the contemporary issues of the Samaritan community.

·         Series: Studia Samaritana (Book 11)

·         Hardcover: 250 pages

·         Publisher: De Gruyter (December 17, 2018)

·         Language: English





Books by Benyamim Tsedaka

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.

Understanding the Israelite-Samaritans

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


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Selected Modern Hebrew Texts with Exercises

By (author) : Haseeb Shehadeh

Scholars' Press (Feb. 20, 2018)

This textbook is an attempt to offer a comprehensive representation of Modern Hebrew to the student of Hebrew language and culture. It consists of three major parts.



Seeking out the Land: Land of Israel Traditions in Ancient Jewish, Christian and Samaritan Literature (200 BCE - 400 CE)

Series: Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series, Volume: 32

Author: Ze'ev Safrai

Publisher: Brill

Publication Date: 24 May 2018

ISBN: 978-90-04-33482-3



Tibåt Mårqe: The Ark of Marqe Edition, Translation, Commentary (Studia Samaritana 9)

by Abraham Tal (Editor)

Tibåt Mårqe 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. Tibåt Mårqe is attributed to the 4th century scholar, philosopher and poet, Mårqe.

This publication of Tibåt Mårqe follows the monumental Hebrew edition of Ze’ev Ben-Hayyim, Tibåt Mårqe, 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.

Publisher: De Gruyter 

Publication Date: January 15, 2020, 700 pages English


Interesting selections


The Athenaeum No. 2379, May 31, 1873, 695-696

‘A Samaritan inscription, in large mural characters, has recently been discovered on a stone about a mile from Gaza. Particulars regarding the stone have not yet been received, but a squeeze was sent by Mr. Charles Hamilton to the Rev. Dunbar Heath. The stone has been read by the latter gentleman, by Mr. Vaux, Prof. Palmer, and others, and there seems to be but little doubt of its being a genuine inscription, taken from Deuteronomy iv. 29-31. Its date has not yet been determined, but steps have been taken by the Palestine Exploration Fund, on the information given them by Mr. Heath, to secure, or at least to examine fully into all the circumstances connected with the stone. We hope to publish an additional note on this “find” very shortly.’


Note 2: The Samaritan Peutateuch reads Gerizim here for Ebal. A new-found manuscript from Egypt, now at Giessen, apparently a translation from the Samaritan, reads here iv' Apyapi(1μ. This is the har, "mount," of the Samaritan version and of their Targums. It also is Eupolemus' reading. Cf the 'Ap-yapi(i11' of Alexander Polyhistor. See Revue de l' Histoire des Religions, 1911, II, p. 269.




Recent Doctoral Dissertations 2018

Dr. Alina Tarshin: Verb Morphology in Samaritan Aramaic Advisor: Prof. Moshe Florentin (The Chaim Tosenberg School of Jewish Studies and Archaeology, The Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University





Bagir, Muhammed Ali

'Günümüz Sâmirîlerinde Dinî Hayata Dair Bazı Uygulamalar / Some Practices About Religious Life in Modern Samaritans' in Sakarya Üniversitesi İlahiyat Fakültesi Dergisi, 2018, 151-181


Franklin, Norma

Review of:- The Archaeology of the Ostraca House at Israelite Samaria: Epigraphic Discoveries in Complicated Contexts by Ron E. Tappy in: Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies Penn State University Press Volume 6, Numbers 1-2, 2018 pp. 148-151


Gaster Moses

Hebrew Illuminated Bibles of the IXth And Xth Centuries (Codices Or. Gaster, Nos. 150 and 151); and the Samaritan Scroll of the Law of the XIth Century (Codex Or. Gaster, No. 350).

Harrison and Sons, 1901.

Heckl, Raik

The Composition of Ezra-Nehemiah as a Testimony for the Competition Between the Temples in Jerusalem and on Mt. Gerizim in the Early Years of the Seleucid Rule over Judah,” in: Kartveit, M.; Knoppers, G.N. (Hg.): The Bible, Qumran, and the Samaritans (StSam 10), Berlin/Boston 2018, 115-132


Hensel, Benedikt

Das JHWH-Heiligtum am Garizim: ein archäologischer Befund und seine literar-und theologiegeschichtliche Einordnung, in: Vetus Testamentum 68/1 (2018), 73-93.


‘Ethnic Fiction and Identity-Formation: A New Explanation for the Background of the Question of Intermarriage in Ezra-Nehemiah.’ In: Kartveit, M./Knoppers, G.N. (Hg.), The Bible, Qumran, and the Samaritans (Studia Samaritana 10/STJ 104), de Gruyter: Berlin/Boston 2018, 135-150


Marsh, Bradley J. Jr. (St. Cross College)

Early Christian Scripture and the Samaritan Pentateuch: A Study in Hexaplaric Manuscript Activity. Thesis summary 2016


The Samareitikon, Carl 49, and the κατα Σαμαρειτων Marginalia in CODEX M Handout for IOSCS session P19-328 at SBL 2016


Schiffman, Lawrence

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


Schorch, Stephan

'Dissimilatory Reading and the Making of Biblical Texts,' in Empirical Models Challenging Biblical Criticism, eds. R. Person & R. Rezetko (SBL), 2016, 109-127


Is a qibla a qibla? Samaritan Traditions about Mount Garizim in Contact and Contention. In Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton: 1935-2018, Edited by Sabine Schmidtke, Gorgias Press, NJ, 2018, 95-100.


Smith, Henry B. Jr

‘The Case for the Septuagint’s Chronology in Genesis 5 and 11,' in The Proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism. v8, article 48, 2018, 117-132


Tov, Emanuel

“A New Understanding of the Samaritan Pentateuch in the Wake of the Discovery of the Qumran Scrolls,” in Proceedings of the First International Congress of the Société d’Études Samaritaines, ed. Abraham Tal and Moshe Florentin (Tel-Aviv: Tel Aviv University, 1991), 293–303.


“Textual Harmonization in the Five Books of the Torah: A Summary,” in The Bible, Qumran, and the Samaritans, ed. Magnar Kartveit and Gerald Knoppers, STDJ 104, STS 10 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018), 31–56.


Uehlinger, Christoph

'und wo sind die Götter von Samarien?» Die Wegführung syrisch-palästinischer Kultstatuen auf einem Relief Sargons II' Hõrsabãd/Dür-Sarrukïn: M. Dietrich & I. Kottsieper Hg., … Jan 1, 1998, 739-776


Young, Ian

The 'Archaic' Poetry of the Pentateuch in the MT, Samaritan Pentateuch, and 4QExod-c in Abr-Nahrain 35 (1998) 74-83


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