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Samaritans : A Profile (Paperback) (Reinhard Pummer)

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This detailed account chronicles the history, religion, literature, and culture of the Samaritans of the Israelite religion from the Biblical, Hellenistic, and Early Roman periods through modern times. While the book reviews what archaeological excavations in Middle East reveal about the world of the Samaritans, there is special emphasis on written accounts of the Samaritans in the Old and New testaments and possible Samaritan influence on New Testament writings. Also examined are accounts of the Samaritans in Jewish writings of antiquity, such as the Apocryphal writings, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Deuterocanonical writings, Flavius Josephus, and rabbinic literature. One section is devoted to the Samaritan Pentateuch, and another section is devoted to other Samaritan literature, such as liturgy, folktales, and linguistic writings. The book offers in-depth descriptions of contemporary Samaritan rituals and customs surrounding holidays, feast days, prayer, music, and art. The book includes contemporary b&w photos. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Most people associate the term Samaritan exclusively with the New Testament stories about the Good Samaritan and the Samaritan woman at Jacobs 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 worlds 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.
Number of Pages: 362
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Bible / Study / Manners + Customs
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
Author: Reinhard Pummer
Language: English
Street Date: February 24, 2016
TCIN: 18854695
UPC: 9780802867681
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-3767
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