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16 Samaritan Origins according to the Paralipomena Jeremiae

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As to rabbinic literature, we have a series of statements claiming that Samaritans are nothing but pagans. In view of these and other predominantly negative interpretations of or conclusions based upon biblical story in 2 Kings 17, it comes as a surprise that in the Paralipomena Jeremiae (ParJer), also known as 4Baruch, we find a strikingly different picture. Before looking at the relevant passage, this chapter discusses the problem of its provenance. Usually dated to early second century CE, the ParJer is a Christian text that has been handed down to us only via Christian channels. How sure can we be that the story about the Samaritans does not derive from a Christian hand? Most students of the text regard only the final chapter on Jeremiah's performance as a preacher of Gospel as a patently Christian addition, but they do regard the main body of the work as definitely Jewish.

Keywords: 2 Kings; 4Baruch; biblical story; Paralipomena Jeremiae (ParJer); rabbinic literature; Samaritans



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