Samaritans - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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Historical Significance

As a group the Samaritans have always lived in Palestine; that is, from their inception in antiquity to the present there have been Samaritans in the Holy Land. Their numbers have varied from tens or even hundreds of thousands in the early period to barely over one hundred in the nineteenth century. For this reason it has often been assumed that they preserved biblical traditions that were lost in Judaism. Although it can be shown that certain elements of Samaritanism go back to antiquity, such as the recitation of the Torah, not all their beliefs and practices necessarily continued unbroken from antiquity to modern times; each case has to be judged on its own merits. Due to the lack of sources for long stretches of Samaritan history, it cannot be ruled out that certain rituals were revived by going back to the text of the Torah. Nevertheless...

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