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The Samaritans: A Biblical People  is a multi-media, interactive experience of the Samaritan Israelites, their world and their place in Western Civilization and Jewish History.  We will assemble for the first time the most important artifacts preserved in museums and libraries the world over to illuminate this amazing history.  These include paintings, manuscripts, priceless books, photography, ritual objects and the most significant archaeological discoveries from Greece, Italy and Israel.  The connecting thread will be a series of media installations and presentations that reflect the grandeur and complexities of the Samaritan experience, and its relevance to us today.  

The Samaritans: A Biblical People is the centerpiece of the Yeshiva University Israelite Samaritan Project, which includes a full length documentary, scholarship and education.

 

The Samaritans: A Biblical People, Book Cover
Movie Poster

The Samaritans: A Biblical People Documentary

The first full length documentary about the lives of modern Samaritans!

 

The Samaritans: A Biblical People Documentary

Samaritans on Mt. Gerizim celebrating the Passover

Exhibition

We look forward to the opening of our exhibition, The Samaritans: a Biblical People, at Museum of the Bible, in Washington, DC in fall 2022! 

 

Exhibition

Samaritans Book Cover

The Samaritans: A Biblical People Book

 The Samaritans: A Biblical PeopleSteven  Fine, ed., (Brill, 2022). See more

The Samaritans: A Biblical People Book

Samaritan Torah case reaching skyward from Mt. Gerizim. Original artwork by Mark Powall

Artists Group

Contemporary Jewish Artists on Samaritan Culture:

A Joint Project with the Jewish Art Salon

Artists Group

Movie Poster

The Samaritans: A Biblical People Documentary

The first full length documentary about the lives of modern Samaritans!

 

The Samaritans: A Biblical People Documentary

Samaritans on Mt. Gerizim celebrating the Passover

Exhibition

We look forward to the opening of our exhibition, The Samaritans: a Biblical People, at Museum of the Bible, in Washington, DC in fall 2022! 

 

Exhibition

Samaritans Book Cover

The Samaritans: A Biblical People Book

 The Samaritans: A Biblical PeopleSteven  Fine, ed., (Brill, 2022). See more

The Samaritans: A Biblical People Book

Samaritan Torah case reaching skyward from Mt. Gerizim. Original artwork by Mark Powall

Artists Group

Contemporary Jewish Artists on Samaritan Culture:

A Joint Project with the Jewish Art Salon

Artists Group

Meet the Samaritans

Good Samaritan hospitals heal us and Good Samaritan laws protect do-gooders.  Samaritans appear in our holy texts— in the Bible, the Talmud and the Quran. Some Samaritans are good, some are bad, they are priests, business people, bankers, teachers and scholars.  We have all heard of the Samaritans, but who are they? Samaritans, like Jews, are Israelites.  They trace their lineage to the ancient biblical tribes of Levi and of the children of Joseph— Ephraim and Menashe.  They trace their lineage to the “lost” northern tribes of Israel.  

 

Samaritan child, Danko Arnon Archive, National Library of Israel

Samaritans call themselves the Shomrim, the guardians of the Torah.  They revere the Five Books of Moses, and strive to keep its commandments. Their holy mountain is Mt. Gerizim, the “blessed mountain” above modern Nablus.  On holidays the Samaritan community climbs its peak in prayer. On Passover every family sacrifices a sheep, as their ancestors have done, they believe, since the Exodus from Egypt.

Samaritan Priest and child with the Torah
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