Gina and her question on the Samaritans - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 01.05.07 | 20:36 (IDT)

    Yes, but the script is different. The blck script of Hebrew todays came from Babylon, aftere the exile. The Samaritans use an older script in which their Torah is written. They refer to themselves as Shomrim (guardians) or as B'ne Yisrael, Children of Israel. They were seperated from the rest of the Jewish people by the rabbis who saw them as "Cuthim" or a mixed population formed by the indigenous population of the Northern Kingdom and Assyrians who were brought in to populate the land. Samaritans of course have their own history in which this version is denied. The accept only the Five Books of Moses and their own version of Joshua. They deny the centrality of Jerusalem as cultic centre and claim it to be HarGrezim in Nablus.

    from the article: Ancient Samaritan sect marks Passover sacrifice near Nablus
    First published 00:00 01.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 01.05.07
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