Samaritan Halakhah

Michael Corinaldi

in An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198262626
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682360 | DOI:
Samaritan Halakhah

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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

Chapter.  6953 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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