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An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law$
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N. S. Hecht, B. S. Jackson, S. M. Passamaneck, Daniela Piattelli, and Alfredo Rabello

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262626.001.0001

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Samaritan Halakhah

Samaritan Halakhah

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(p.57) 3. Samaritan Halakhah
Source:
An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law
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Michael Corinaldi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262626.003.0003

The name Shomronim or ‘Samaritans’ was initially used to refer to the inhabitants of the province called Samaria. Shomronim, the origin of the sect's name, supposedly refers to a group of Samarian inhabitants who view themselves as authentic guardians of the Scripture and of the truth explained in the Torah. The Samaritan halakhah could be characterized as a practice that initiated during the First Temple period and has persisted until the present day. This chapter attempts to look into the historical aspects of this approach through providing a comparative viewpoint for the rabbinic tradition that opts to view this practice as a sectarian one. Here, we explore a form of Jewish law that has denied the Oral Law of the Rabbis, although such is said to have taken its basis from the Bible.

Keywords:   Shomronim, Samaritans, Samaria, halakhah, sectarian tradition, Bible, Jewish Law, Oral Law, Rabbis

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