The Samaritans: History, Torah and Rituals
Hosted By: Haberman Institute
The historical origins of the Samaritans or, as they call themselves, the “Sons of Israel, Keepers of the Truth of the Torah” are connected to the Assyrian exile (721 BCE), as described in the 2nd Book of Kings. This was a time period when thousands of Israelites from the northern tribes were forcibly relocated while others remained in the land.
These Northern Israelites developed different traditions from those of their southern counterparts in Judah. The Samaritans have their own Torah which is very close to the Torah of the Masoretic Text (i.e. the Hebrew Torah Judaism uses today). They also enjoy similar holidays and customs.
Join us to study the history of the Samaritans and its current biblical scholarship, as well as uncover the similarities and differences between the texts, traditions and holidays.
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