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3. State Of The Question

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A group of scholars have adhered to the Samaritan model of Samaritan origins, and this way of approaching the topic is surveyed first in this chapter. Most scholars have not followed this lead, but have paid more attention to Josephus or are influenced by him, and this approach is presented in the second part of the chapter. The third part discusses scholars who depart from the Samaritan chronicles and Josephus, and create new theories. Keeping the investigation of relevant material in mind, this review of scholarship pays attention to ideas which have been rendered obsolete by later investigation or new material, as well as to theories that are still open for a closer scrutiny. The Samaritan version explains the origin of the Jews as a schismatic movement away from the true Israel, which itself continued and developed into the Samaritans.

Keywords: Josephus; Samaritan chronicles



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