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    Comprehensive information concerning the Samaratan's can be obtained by Googling. Here's part of what can be found..Samaritan From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Samaritan שומרונים Total population 705 (2003)[citation needed] Regions with significant populations Israel, Palestinian Authority Languages liturgical: Samaritan Hebrew, Samaritan Aramaic spoken: Modern Hebrew, Palestinian Arabic Religions Samaritanism (Almost completely unmodified Old Testament Law) For other senses of this word, see Samaritan (disambiguation). The Samaritans (Hebrew: שומרונים), known in the Talmud as Kuthim, are an ethnic group of the Levant. Ethnically, they are descended from a group of inhabitants that have connections to ancient Samaria from the beginning of the Babylonian Exile up to the beginning of the Christian era. The Samaritans, however, derive their name not from this geographical designation, but rather from the term ש?מ?ר?ים (Shamerim), ?keepers [of the law]?.[1] Religiously, they are the adherents to Samaritanism, a religion based on the Torah. Samaritans claim that their worship (as opposed to mainstream Judaism) is the true religion of the ancient Israelites, predating the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. In 2005 there were about 700 Samaritans, living mostly in Kiryat Luza on the holy Mount Gerizim near the city of Nablus (Shechem) in the West Bank, and in the city of Holon in Israel. The Samaritans speak either Modern Hebrew or Palestinian Arabic as their mother language. For liturgical purposes, Samaritan Hebrew and Samaritan Aramaic are used.

    from the article: Ancient Samaritan sect marks Passover sacrifice near Nablus
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