Jews and Samaritans: The Origins and History of Their Early Relations

Hardcover | June 5, 2013

byGary N. Knoppers

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Covering over a thousand years of history (from the Assyrian exile in the eighth century BCE to late Roman times), this book makes an important contribution to the fields of Jewish studies, biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern studies, Samaritan Studies, and early Christian history bychallenging the oppositional paradigm that has traditionally characterized the historical relations between Jews and Samaritans. The approach is multi-disciplinary, engaging exciting new discoveries in archaeology, such as the site surveys of ancient Samaria and the major excavations at the holysite of Mt. Gerizim in central Israel; new discoveries in epigraphy, such as the publication of the Samaria papyri dating to the late-Persian period (375-335 BCE), the publication of hundreds of late-Persian period Samarian coins, and the publication of hundreds of fragmentary Mt. Geriziminscriptions (dating mostly to the late-third and early-second centuries BCE); as well as new discoveries in biblical studies, such as the diverse collection of Pentateuchal manuscripts found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Only by recognizing the close ties that developed between Samaria and Judah during the much of the first millennium BCE can one explain how the two communities became so similar in belief and practice, even sharing a common set of foundational scriptures (the Pentateuch). Paradoxically, accountingfor how two such similar groups as the Samaritans and Jews became alienated from one another during the Maccabean and Roman periods involves explaining how the two were so closely related in the first place. The solution to this puzzle is to be found in earlier Israelite history.

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Covering over a thousand years of history (from the Assyrian exile in the eighth century BCE to late Roman times), this book makes an important contribution to the fields of Jewish studies, biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern studies, Samaritan Studies, and early Christian history bychallenging the oppositional paradigm that has tra...

Gary Knoppers is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. He is a past president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (2003-2004) and currently serves as President of the Biblical Colloquium. He serves on the editor...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Samaritans, Jews, and the Contested Legacy of Classical Israel2. The Fall of the Northern Kingdom and the Ten Lost Tribes: A Reevaluation3. God and Country: The Revival of Israelite Religion in Postexilic Samaria4. The Fall of the Northern Kingdom as a New Beginning in Northern Israelite- Southern Israelite Relations5. The Fall of the Northern Kingdom as a New Beginning in Northern Israelite- Southern Israelite Relations6. Ethnicity, Communal Identity, and Imperial Authority: Contextualizing the Conflicts between Samaria and Judah in Ezra-Nehemiah7. The Torah and "the Place[s] for Yhwh's Name": Samarian-Judean Relations in Hellenistic and Maccabean Times8. An Absolute Breach?Bibliography