All the Days of Our Lives”
March / April 2019 Vol. XVIII - No 4
In This Issue ·
Shehadeh articles ·
New Publications ·
In This Issue
· 5 Shehadeh articles
· Passover Articles
· New Tannoors
· Make Matzah
· Old Article
· Benny Tour
· New Articles
· New Publications
2018, the Samaritan Community number 810.
It has been 3657 years since the entrance into the Holy Land which happened on the Sixth Month of the Hebrew Year.
(Samaritan’s typical calendar)
The First Month 3657 - April 4, 2019
Passover Sacrifice - April 18, 2019
Feast of Unleavened Bread – Apr 19-25, 2019
Second Passover even May 18, 2019
Festival of Weeks June 3- June 9, 2019
Festival of the first day of the Seventh Month -Sept. 29, 2019
Day of Atonement – Oct. 8, 2019
Festival of Sukkot – Oct. 13, 2019
Festival of the 8th Day – Oct 20, 2019
In total, the Samaritans sacrificed 59 sheep and one goat according to Benny.
See Photos taken by Ori Orhof of the Pilgrimage
Continue reading at https://shomron0.tripod.com/articles/growing_a_beard_as_a_sign.pdf
Continue reading at https://shomron0.tripod.com/articles/the_sinners_closed_throat.pdf
Continue reading at https://shomron0.tripod.com/articles/a_curse_of_a_poor_man.pdf
Continue reading at https://shomron0.tripod.com/articles/on_the_manuscript_kitab_alhulf.pdf
Continue reading at https://shomron0.tripod.com/articles/did_the_nazarene_pastor.pdf
Tiny Samaritan community marks Passover sacrifice as numbers grow
Biblical ritual held annually at West Bank mountaintop ceremonial ground provides participants young and old with hope for future of ancient community
By MIKE SMITH 19 April 2019 (with photos by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
Traditional Passover sacrifice held near West Bank city of Nablus
Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-19
Samaritans take part in pilgrimage for holy day of Passover
الطائفة السامرية بنابلس تحيي عيد الفسح السامري
The Samaritan community in Nablus celebrates the feast of the Samaritan al-Fath
By Hamdi abu dhair: 170 Photos
Tiny Samaritan community marks Passover sacrifice as…
Palestine’s Samaritan community celebrates Passover holiday on Mount Gerzim in Nablus
New Tannoors being constructed fon Mount Gerizim
Image by Haanan Altif (3-15-2019)
The tannoors used for the Passover Sacrifice are increasing from the 6 existing to 20 total. The tannoor is used for spit-roasting the Passover Sacrifice.
Image above from Guy Yehoshua (Facebook, March 28)
A recent Jerusalem Newspaper Article
Samaritan Noman Yosef Samri Bakes Matzoh, image posted by Haya Saloom (on Facebook April 17, 2019)
How to make Samaritan Matzah
By Benyamim Tsedaka
White flour 2 kg=5 pounds; 8 glasses of water, half glass of salt
Then make a cake forms from the dough with wet hands.
All of these do with wet hands from a little basin full of water. Wet your hands from it.
Let one side stay on the hot cover for 10 seconds then flip it to the other side for another 10 seconds and take it off and put it on a clean piece of fabric to let it be cold.
The same process will be done with the rest of round "cakes".
Then fold every matzah to half then to quarter then to eighth. Put them in a straw basket. Enjoy!
Ms. Codex 1649 - Majūsī, ʻAlī ibn al-ʻAbbās, active 10th century-11th century - [Kāmil al-sināʻah al-tibbīyah]
From the Editor
The image to the left is from The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 07 Sep 1956, Fri page 37.
I have been working on an article and been trying to locate a Samaritan manuscript that was given to Joseph Wolff in 1822. Any help would the great as to its location!!!!
See and download the New
Chester Beatty Digital Collection
Object no.: Heb 751
Object name: Codex
Title: Samaritan Pentateuch
Object category: Manuscript
Collection: Hebrew collection
Production date: 1225 (622 AH)
Dimensions: 356 mm x 330 mm x 120 mm (height x width x depth)
Material: Parchment (material) Ink (material)
Language: Samaritan (language)
See the great image at https://viewer.cbl.ie/viewer/object/Heb_751/2/
2019 ANNUAL MEETING
San Diego, CA
Meeting Begins: 11/23/2019 - Meeting Ends: 11/26/2019
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2019
Description: The Aramaic studies section is intended to provide a
forum for scholars interested in various aspects of Aramaic language. Previous
paper topics have included aspects of the Targumim, Qumran Aramaic, Peshitta,
Samaritan papyri, and Elephantine Aramaic.
Call for papers: The Aramaic Studies Section invites papers on any aspect of Aramaic language, texts, and culture. We welcome presentations on Targumim, Qumran Aramaic texts, Syriac language and literature, Samaritan papyri, Elephantine Aramaic, magical texts, and other topics. For the 2019 meeting we are also planning a joint session with SBL's International Syriac Language Project on the current state of Biblical Aramaic lexicography, as well as an independent thematic session on women, gender, and family in Aramaic.
Lecture: Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Programme for Trinity Term 2019
11:45 - 12:45 Stefan Schorch (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) The Role and the Value of the Samaritan Versions for the Textual History of the Samaritan Pentateuch
The Last Samaritans
The End of the World as They Knew It? Jews, Christians, Samaritans and End-Time Speculation in the Fifth Century by Ross S. Kraemer
Chapter · April 2019
In book: The End of the World in Medieval Thought and Spirituality, pp.227-250
Conference Paper · April 2019
Conference: University of Babylon/college of art, At IRAQ- Babylon city
Chapter · October 2018
In book: The Samaritans in Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives, pp.245-266
Chapter · October 2018
In book: The Samaritans in Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives, pp.235-244
Linguistic convergence between The Karaites Grammar School and the Samaritan school in the middle Ages by Nihad Haji
Article · April 2018
Conference Paper · April 2016
Conference: the Conference of Dialogue of Civilizations and International Cultures, the second arbitrator organized by the Faculty of Arts, Tafileh Technical University in Jordan for the period 26/28 April 2016, At Tafileh Technical University in Jordan
Cite this publication
Article · April 2018
Article in Ikon 11:239-248 · January 2018
Article (PDF Available) in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 73(3) · August 2017
Abstract: This article focuses on the burning of incense in synagogues subsequent to the destruction of the temple, in commemoration of the incense formerly used in the temple rites. We hear about the implementation of this custom in Samaritan and Rabbinic synagogues only several centuries after the destruction of the Samaritan and Jewish Temples. The Samaritans still burn incense in their synagogues at certain times, but among Rabbinic Jews the custom came to an end, probably in the Middle Ages. Burning incense in the synagogue was a point of controversy between the Karaites and the Rabbinic Jews. The Karaites argued that acts involving burning incense and lighting candles are only appropriate for the Temple and their status is like that of sacrifices or offerings that are limited to this complex. It may have been that the rabbinic custom discontinued as a result of the strict Karaite objections to this custom for concern of idolatry. In fact, burning incense in commemoration of the Temple indeed ceased, but this practice remained in evidence until the 19th century for purposes of conveying respect or on festive occasions.
The Samaritan Passover solemnities were held on Sunday, May 4th, at the traditional high place near the summit of Mt. Gerizim. Because of the rainy weather and the difficulty of obtaining curfew passes, a relatively small number of non-Samaritans witnessed the ceremony. A group of American Jews spent the evening with the Samaritans, singing songs with them during the interval between the dressing of the Passover lambs and the feast at midnight. The Samaritan high priest, Abishah ben Pinchas, was the most gracious to all the visitors, and permitted them to examine the ancient Pentateuch, which is kept in his tent during the Passover season.
(The Living Church, Vol. CXIV, No. 23, June 8, 1947, Page 11)
June, 10 - Milano, Bibliothka Ambrosiana
June 16 - Rome, Vatican Barberini Library
June 23 - Sicily, Seminarians on the Israelite Samaritans
June 30 - Paris, Bibliotheca National + Awarding the Samaritan Medal for Humanitarian Achievements to Rabbi Gabriel Hagai
July 6 - London, British Library
Benyamim Tsedaka will be happy to meet seekers of the Israelite Samaritans and Samaritan Studies in each place. You can contact him at
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.
See his selection of Samaritan writings
Also Subscribe to the A.B. The Samaritan News
See details at https://www.israelite-samaritans.com/samaritan-newspaper/
Also see the proposal for the Samaritan Cookbook
Steven Fine, Director, YU Center for Israel Studies
3:15-5:15. Session 3
Chair: David Lavinsky, Yeshiva University
Laura Lieber, Duke University, Feasting, Fasting, and the Bounty of the Land: Rituals of Sukkot in Samaritan and Rabbinic Antiquity
Ed. By Jan Dusek
Series: Studia Samaritana 11 Studia Judaica 110
xiv, 341 pages, 20 Fig. Language: English
Aims and Scope
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.
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
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 TheSamaritanUpdate.com May / June 2018 16 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.
Publication Date: July 2018, 214 pages English
Parallel Samaritan and Masoretic Torah
by Marco Enrico de Graya
Paperback: 690 pages Publisher: Lulu.com (December 15, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 0244742626 ISBN-13: 978-0244742621 Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 8.3 inches
Metachen Recorder (New Jersey) Nov. 12, 1936, page 3
Marin Sanuto (1322 C.E.) has mentioned that the Jews and the Samaritans show the tomb of Phinehas in Awerta (Awarta).
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für altorientalische und biblische Rechtsgeschichte, 2019
Building on the work of the late Gary Knoppers and his provocative re-reading of the Pentateuch from a Samarian (i.e. northern Israelite) perspective, this paper surveys other macroscopic narrative elements from Genesis through Deuteronomy, such as the locations dignified by patriarchal cultic activity, and the valorization of Judah and Joseph and their descendant tribes in the narrative. The pentateuchal portrayal of these issues is then contrasted with the approach of the Book of Jubilees, a second-century BCE Judean rewriting of Genesis and Exodus. The contrast helps highlight the fact that the Pentateuch, even in its Masoretic form, lends itself better to the legitimation of Samarian/Samaritan claims than to Judean ones. This undeniable but overlooked fact makes it extremely difficult to maintain that the Pentateuch is the redactional product of the post-exilic Jerusalem priesthood, whose interests would have been strongly tied to the authorization of the Jerusalem Temple.
in Jan Dušek (ed.), The Samaritans in Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives (Studia Samaritana 11, Studia Judaica 110), Berlin: De Gruyter., 2018
Campbell, Stephen D.
Center for the Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions, 2019
, Bibliotheca Orientalis LXXXV No. 3-4, mei-augustus 2018 374-380
Ireton, Sean (University of Kent)
‘The Samaritans: Strategies for Survival of an Ethno-Religious Minority’ in CBRL 2003
Proofs of an article published in: The Samaritan Pentateuch and the Dead Sea Scrolls (edited by Michael Langlois; Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology 94; Leuven: Peeters, 2019), 313-325.
Ms. Codex 1649 of the Library of the University of Pennsylvania is a collection of several texts, mainly in Judeo-Arabic. Apart from these texts, however, several Samaritan msnucripts were bound into the volume, specifically:
- Single leaves from a Samaritan Chronicle, written in Samaritan Neo-Hebrew, dating to the early 20th century.
- A full version of "Ṯubūt ad-daula aṯ-ṯāniya" ("The certainty of the Second Kingdom"), a tractate on Samaritan eschatology composed by the Samaritan theologian Ġazāl ad-Duwaik (13th century) in Arabic and Samaritan Hebrew.
- A introductory prayer in Arabic, attributed to the Samaritan theologian Abu l-Ḥasan aṣ-Ṣuri (11th century).
Bible Lands e-Review 2019/S3 Bible Lands e-Review 2019
van der Horst, Pieter W.
Religions 2019, 10, 290.
Underground Jerusalem: An Account of Some of the Principal Difficulties Encountered in Its Exploration and the Results Obtained. With a Narrative of an Expedition Through the Jordan Valley and a Visit to the Samaritans. London: E Bentley and son 1876
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