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How To Be A Bad Samaritan: The Local Cult Of Mt Gerizim

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This chapter suggests that the division between ?alien pagan? and ?local Samaritan? is anachronistic for the Roman period, and looks at the evidence afresh, setting aside this assumption. After taking a closer look at the assumptions inherent in the study of the Samaritans, the chapter considers the literary sources for Gerizim, Neapolis and the Samaritans, and then moves on to the material remains of Neapolis itself. Samaritan studies were long obsessed with the search for the original schism between Jews and Samaritans. The Samaritan version differs at many points from the Masoretic Text, and at a few crucial passages it emphasises that the true cult of Yahweh should be centred on Mt Gerizim. Justin Martyr should be a central figure in any discussion of the Samaritans under Roman rule.

Keywords: Jews; Justin Martyr; Mt Gerizim; Neapolis; Roman period; Samaritan



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