[b-hebrew] Samaritans

Thomas L. Thompson tlt at teol.ku.dk
Mon Mar 21 04:50:53 EST 2005

Dear Peter,
I do not presume to speak for Hjelm. My understanding is that she would not use the language of "separation already"; nor would she put a separation in some situation of 12th century Palestine. She rather uses historical arguments and rather understands, I believe, the regional state of Israel as the roots of Samaritan identity and a continuation of the people since the Assyrian period. On this, you might see her critique of Finkelstein and Silberman in her Jerusalem's Rise to Sovereignty.
I made a mistake in my citations the other day. Hjelm's article appears in the 2004 number óf Currents.
Thomas L. Thompson
University of Copenhagen

	Peter Kirk wrote:
	So Hjelm supports my (provisional) position that there was a separation
	already in the 6th century BCE. But her claim of "always separate" is a
	dangerous one, especially if her excavations only go back to the 6th
	century. She rightly takes into consideration the Samaritans' own
	claims. These include a separation from the Judeans in about the 12th
	century BCE. Does Hjelm have any evidence that these two peoples were in
	fact separate even before this time?
	Peter Kirk
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