Understanding the Israelite Samaritans: From Ancient to Modern
|by Benyamim Tsedaka|
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Size: 9 x 12 inches
Pub Date: September 2017
Item Number: 208807
Categories: Biblical Studies and Interpretation; Church History
Understanding the Israelite 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.
Understanding the Israelite Samaritans communicates the history of this ancient community in an accessible, clear way, along with rich illustrations that eloquently tell its story of tenacious survival throughout the centuries.
Benyamim Tsedaka is an Elder of the Samaritan community living in Israel and a leading figure within its ranks. For decades, he has been deeply involved in the Samaritan community and the dissemination of its story to the world. He is not only a historian, but also a choir director, head of the A. B. Institute of Samaritan Studies, and is Chief Editor of the bi-weekly newspaper A.B. The Samaritan News. He has written profusely about the historical roots, rites, and culture of the Samaritan community.