The Samaritans
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Modern Samaritans

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Today a few Samaritans survive, not having lost their identity through intermarriage. There are about 550-600 active practitioners of the Samaritan religion with some admixture of Islam, most of whom live in the city of Nablus, in the area now known as the West Bank. Although their temple is long since destroyed, they still celebrate Passover every year around their ancient temple site of sacrifice, Mount Gerazim, their holy mountain. The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of their year and the Sabbath is most rigidly observed. They are a distinctly religious community and their high priest acts as their political official and representative.

(also see Map of Modern Samaria)

About half of the Samaritans live in Kiryat Luza, close to the mountain of Gerizim, just south of Nablus in Palestine, which is their religious center. The rest live in Holon district right outside Tel Aviv in Israel.

The Samaritans of Palestine participate in the life of Palestine, while the Samaritans of Israel participate in the Israeli society. In spite of the continuing conflict in the area, the group has managed to keep privileged relationships with both the Israelis and the Palestinians

"Religious group, representing their own religion. The number of adherents are now between 550 and 600 individuals. About half of the Samaritans live in Kiryat Luza, close to the mountain of Gerazim, just south of Nablus in Palestine, which is their religious centre. The rest live in Holon district right outside Tel Aviv in Israel. This group has many traditions in common with the Jews, due to common roots. The Samaritans of Palestine participate in the life of Palestine, while the Samaritans of Israel participate in the Israeli society. The Samaritans broke with the Jewish majority in 6th century BCE, and constructed a temple on the mountain Gerazim. The Samaritans have been the object of much hate from the Jewish community, something which can be seen in Gospels, where Jesus uses the Samaritans as a metaphor of despised, yet helping people, i.e. the good Christian." 
-Article in the Encyclopaedia of the Orient

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The Samaritans

 The Samaritans

"If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." (John 4:10)

 

The Samaritans in the Bible

bib9.jpg In the New Testament the Samaritans were considered inhabitants of the district of Samaria. (see Map). They descended from the exchange of population effected by the Assyrians after their conquest of the Northern Kingdom in 722 B.C. Pursuing their policy of transferring conquered peoples, the Assyrians deported many of the original inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom and replaced them with a mixture of people from the east: from Babylon, Avva, Hamath, Sepharvaim and Cuth (deriving from the latter, the Samaritans are often referred to in rabbinic literature as Cuthim).

 

Introduction
Overview
Who Were They?
Brief History
The Northern Kingdom
The Assyrians
Samaria
The Captivity
Re-Populating
A Mixed Race
Their Religion
The Samaritan Pentateuch
Jews and Samaritans
Intertestamental Period
New Testament Samaritans
Jesus and the Samaritans
Scriptures
Historical Quotes
Dictionaries
Encyclopedias
Modern Samaritans
Conclusion

 


The Samaritans

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