Samaritan Hebrew

Christian M. M. Brady cbrady at
Wed Mar 14 18:44:25 EST 2001

On 3/14/01 5:40 PM, "Brian Tucker" <editor at>

>> Soren wrote:
>>>> Does anyone know what literature exists in Samaritan Hebrew, outside of
>>> the
>>>> Pentateuch?
>>> 1. Targum - an Aramaic version of the Pentateuch.
>> The targumim are in Aramaic (as noted), not in Samaritan Hebrew.
>> (Or did I miss the point of your post Brian?)
> No, I tend to be ponderous and pedantic, at least the academics that I work
> with call me that. :-) I imagine that I was attempting to be thorough
> (though I failed there, as well).
> Also, didn't early rabbis reject Sam. Pent. because it was not written in
> Aramaic script but paleo-Hebrew?
> Also, would 4QpaleoExodm belong in the list?
> So revising the list to include only Hebrew:
> 1. Sam. Pent.
> 2. Memar Marqah has a midrash on the Hebrew Alphabet.
> 3. Liturgical works - Hebrew acrostics.
> 4. Chronicles - Ha-Tolidah
> Hope this is a better understanding of the original question.
> What do you consider the authoritative work on Samaritan Hebrew mss?

It is not my field, but Alan Crown is a clear authority on the matter.
Consulting his works would be a good first step.

cbrady @
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