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The Mosaic Tabernacle As The Only Legitimate Sanctuary: The Biblical Tabernacle In Samaritanism

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As opposed to Judaism, Samaritanism as it exists today and has existed for the last 2000 years is not looking back to a temple, but looking forward to the restoration of the Mosaic tabernacle in the end-times. Although in all probability there once existed a Samaritan temple on Mount Gerizim, Samaritan tradition is virtually silent about it, and only the tabernacle and its fate became the subject of Samaritan "historical" and liturgical writings. An illustration of the important position of the tabernacle among the Samaritans is the drawings of the tabernacle. They are the main expression of Samaritan representational art, executed on parchment, silk, brass, and paper; those on parchment and paper are multicolored. The drawings are artistic expressions of the Samaritan belief that the tabernacle was the only legitimate sanctuary that will be restored when the Taheb comes.

Keywords: Judaism; mosaic tabernacle; Mount Gerizim; Samaritan art; Samaritanism; Taheb



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