The Samaritans
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Re-Populating

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The Assyrians had a policy of transferring conquered peoples and in 722 B.C. when they conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel they deported many of the original inhabitants of Samaria and the surrounding region and replaced them with a mixture of people from the east. From Babylon, Avva, Hamath, Sepharvaim and Cuth (the Samaritans are often referred to in rabbinic literature as Cuthim).

The re-populating was not done all at once. In settling the affairs of that hostile region more than one band of colonists was brought in. Heathen colonists were introduced by Sargon in 721 and again in 715 B.C. (2 Kings 17:24), by Esarhaddon, 680 B.C. (Ezra 4:2), and finally by Osnapper, (Ashurbanipal), the last great Assyrian emperor (669-626 B.C.), who added people from Elam, etc., to the population.

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The Samaritans

 


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