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Samaritans are still around?
Found this website:

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Interesting, apparently samaritans are still alive (roughly 500 of them) living in 2 places within Israel and they speak ancient Hebrew only. They also only accept the torah as their canon of scripture. Lots of other interesting bits on that webpage but the most interesting thing to me was the claim that their priesthood can be traced back to Aaron and have records of Yeshua from their own priests.
There is a shop on the net were you can buy the samaritan torah Robert. It ain't really that different anyway from the rest but there is some reference to a 'special' mountain or something but I am not too clued up on it.

Yeah they don't accept the rest of the Tanak, or the 'NaK' part of it..

This priesthood thing however I believe has been misunderstood in the context of KAHEN......but thats another issue <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/poketoungeb.gif" alt="Tongue" title="Poke Tounge" /><!-- sTongue -->
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Yes, I wanted to buy the Samaritan Pentateuch a few years back but until now I haven't buy it.

What you meant was Mount Gerizim. The Samaritans identify Mount Gerizim as God's chosen place for worship.
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Greetings all,

I am new here. My name is Shimson bar-Tzadoq. I actually am friends with a few of the Samaritnas living in Hholon Israel. The Samaritans actually speak modern Hebrew, and some Arabic in normal conversations. Half of the community lives in Hholon and the other half on Mount Gerizim in Nablus (Palestian region). They still read the Torah in an ancient Hebrew text and their pronunciation of Hebrew is different than even Yemenite Jewish pronounciation. For example most Jewish Hebrew words that have a Hireq (ee) kind of sound in Samaritan Hebrew would have a Seghol (eh) kind of sound, and vice versa. There are other grammer differences like they have three pronounciations of Waw (Waw, Baa, and Va). They also have two pronunciations of Ayin, one silent and the other vocal. As an example the word Elohim in Samaritan Hebrew is pronounced Eluwwim (even though both are spelled Aleph-Lamed-Hey-Yod-Mem).

The Samaritans have a different history when it comes to the time of Joshua son of Nun up until the time of the 2nd Temple period. In terms of their acceptance of Torah only. This is kind of a misunderstanding that some times comes up. True they do only accept the Torah as a "Miqra" they do have books that are discussions and explanations of Torah and others that could be considered almost like mystic texts. Yet, for them these texts don't equal to Torah.

In terms of the differences between the Samaritan and Jewish Torah text there are 6,000 differences. The most glaring are concerning the chosen place. Their Torah states that "bahhar" (He chose) as compared to the Jewish text "yivhhor" (He will choose). The Samaritans say that Elohim, blessed He, had already chosen the Holy place (Mount Gerizim in Shehhem) and that Dawith was not supposed to make Tziyon the place.

I have two copies of their Torah and it does provide for some interesting reading. I actually have some connections with their community which sells copies of their Torah so if anyone wants a copy let me know.

Naim meod,

Shimson bar-Tzadoq
Interesting article regarding Yeshua: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""> ... achope.htm</a><!-- m -->

Could you elaborate Shimson?

I am not as familiar with some of the information in the article. The Samaritans seem to have some respect for the early Natzrim and certain Christians. I think because there has been so much interest in them from the Christian world in the last 200 years or so. What I can tell you from their own beliefs they believe that the Taheb (Restorer) as they say they believe will come from the tribes of Yoseph (Ephrayim or Menashsheh). their concept of the Taheb is similar to the conept of Mashi'ahh or Mashikha. The difference is that they call the Taheb to be a Prophet like Mosheh and say that he will re-establish the Set-Apart place on Mount Gerizim. This is the connection with what Yeshua` discussed with the Samaritan women when she referenced the Mountin where here people worshipped.

Certain things Yeshua` said also seem to have had some significance in Samaritan type of belief. Yet, they do disagree with some things of course. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Benyamin Tzedaka may be able to help you more. He has a web-site at the following link.

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Shimson bar-Tzadoq

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