SV: [b-hebrew] Re: Samaritan-Hebrew Schism

Thomas L. Thompson tlt at
Sat Mar 19 05:25:38 EST 2005

Ingrid Hjelm (The Samaritans and Early Judaism 2000 and Jerusalem's Rise to Sovereignty 2004) argues that Samaritans and Jews were two parallel developments. The Samaritans also have their own independent chronicle tradition, including a Book of Joshua. Recent excavations on Gerizim have uncovered a temple from the early 5th/ early 4th centuries (cf. Hjelm in Currents 2005).
Thomas L. Thompson
University of Copenhagen

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	Emne: Re: [b-hebrew] Re: Samaritan-Hebrew Schism

	On 18/03/2005 19:58, Chris Weimer wrote:
	> ...
	> They more than likely split after Yahwism was an established religion
	> in the north, since their ideology so clearly revolves around the
	> Torah and Torah only. Most likely it was after the return from the
	> exile and probably about the time lesser deities started to disappear
	> (Asherah et al), which would give it around the 3rd century BCE. ...
	But surely the Torah only ideology suggests a split in a period before
	the other books were widely accepted. Of course there is doubt about
	when that was, but there is a good chance that it was not long after
	they were written, and so perhaps at the time of the Exile or not long
	And how would you answer my evidence for a split before the Elephantine
	letters? Additional evidence for a developing split already in the 5th
	century comes from the memoirs of Nehemiah.
	What kind of evidence is there for Asherah etc worship in the Samaria
	region up to the 3rd century?
	Peter Kirk
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