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9.The Origin Of The Samaritans

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This chapter focuses on the origin of the Samaritans. The moment of birth of the Samaritans was the construction of the temple on Mount Gerizim. On the basis of the inscriptions found on Mount Gerizim, dating to the Hellenistic period, we can infer that there was worship to Yahweh on the mountain, and no other divine names are found in these inscriptions. The criticism of the Samaritans and the destruction of the temple may have constituted "one momentous event" in the development, but the decisive moment was the rejection by Jerusalem of the Northerners, and the concomitant construction of the temple on Mount Gerizim.

Keywords: Biblical Evidence; Jerusalem; Mount Gerizim; Samaritans; Yahweh-temple



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