The emergence of the Samaritan Pentateuch

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In the history of canon research, the study of the formation of the sacred scriptures of the Samaritans has not received the attention that it deserves. The subject of the Samaritan canon is usually discussed in relation to the development of the Pentateuch and the Hebrew Bible. The Samaritan canon serves as a foil to the development of the Jewish Bible and Christian Old Testament. The study of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls has reinvigorated research into this topic. The “pre-Samaritan” text-type has been seen as the base text on which the Samaritans compiled their Pentateuch in the second century BCE. This study contextualizes this research by examining what it is that can be known about the emergence of the Samaritan Pentateuch. It examines the early notices about the canon of the Samaritans and draws on the latest scholarship on the origins of the Samaritans and the excavations on Mt. Gerizim to suggest that the Samaritan Pentateuch may have emerged at the same time as the Jewish Torah.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading the Bible in Ancient Traditions and Modern Editions
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Memory of Peter W. Flint
EditorsAndrew B. Perrin, Kyung S. Baek, Daniel K. Falk
Place of PublicationAtlanta
PublisherSociety of Biblical Literature
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780884142539
ISBN (Print)9780884142546, 9781628371918
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Publication series

NameEarly Judaism and Its Literature
PublisherSociety of Biblical Literature


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