The Samaritans: A Profile

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2016 - 362 sider
Authoritative introduction to the Samaritan tradition from antiquity to the present

Most people associate the term "Samaritan" exclusively with the New Testament stories about the Good Samaritan and the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Very few are aware that a small community of about 750 Samaritans still lives today in Palestine and Israel; they view themselves as the true Israelites, having resided in their birthplace for thousands of years and preserving unchanged the revelation given to Moses in the Torah.

Reinhard Pummer, one of the world's foremost experts on Samaritanism, offers in this book a comprehensive introduction to the people identified as Samaritans in both biblical and nonbiblical sources. Besides analyzing the literary, epigraphic, and archaeological sources, he examines the Samaritans' history, their geographical distribution, their version of the Pentateuch, their rituals and customs, and their situation today. There is no better book available on the subject.
 

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Introduction
1
The Identity of the Samaritans
9
Samaritans in the Hebrew BibleOld Testament?
26
The Samaritans and the New Testament
36
Samaritans in Jewish Writings of Antiquity
47
Archaeological Excavations
74
Samaritan Sects
119
Muslim and Karaite Sources
123
Liturgy
239
Chronicles
241
Linguistic Writings
249
Folktales
251
Interactions with European Scholars
252
Samaritan Rituals and Customs
257
The Samaritan Calendar
258
Passover and Maṣot
260

Patristic Sources
124
The Samaritans in History
128
Late Roman and Byzantine Periods
131
Early Muslim Period
142
Crusader Period
150
Mamluk Period
152
Ottoman Period
155
Modern Period
164
Geographical Distribution and Demography
170
Palestine
171
Diaspora
180
Demography
187
The Samaritan Pentateuch
195
Ancient Translations of the Samaritan Pentateuch
208
The Samaritan Pentateuch in Western Scholarship
211
The Samaritan Script
213
Samaritan Literature
219
Exegesis
223
Halakhah
231
The Feast of Weeks
263
The First Day of the Seventh Month
264
The Eighth Day of Tabernacles Shemini Aṣeret
266
Pilgrimage
267
Circumcision
270
Redemption of the First Born
271
Betrothal and Wedding
272
Funeral
275
Prayer
277
Music
282
Art
284
The Samaritans Today
289
New Challenges
302
Bibliography
305
Index of Sources
339
Index of Modern Authors
344
Index of Subjects
351
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Om forfatteren (2016)

Reinhard Pummer is professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Among his other books are The Samaritans in Flavius Josephus and Early Christian Authors on Samaritans and Samaritanism.

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