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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

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

Michael Corinaldi

Oxford University Press

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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