The Keepers: An Introduction to the History and Culture of the Samaritans
"The Keepers" describes the remarkable history and survival of the Samaritans and the unique oppression and grace that have shaped their culture and religion. It is a history whose antagonists have included Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and it has contributed to arguments between Roman Catholics and Protestants over the text of the Bible. The threads of the story disappear at times into Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but ultimately succeed in affirming the unique Samaritan identity. Popularly associated with phrases like The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel and The Good Samaritan, many are surprised to learn that the Samaritans have a rich history and culture that includes a contemporary chapter. This history is illuminated by stories in the Hebrew Bible and documents from Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic sources.
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Intro. to History & Culture? Not really.User Review - Christianbook.com
"The Keepers: An Introduction to the History and Culture of the Samaritans" The subtitle is the reason I bought this book. Unfortunately it does not live up to it's own subtitle title. Each chapter is broken down into several subheadings. These subheadings are anywhere from a single paragraph, up to a page or page or two. This just doesn't give enough room for any real depth on any of the many topic's and issue's covered. From my reading, the main focus of the book is the manuscripts- and other documents produced by the Samaritans- over the last 1900 years. The possible authors/scribe., where they might have been produced, how it/they were acquired, and who has them now. One thing the authors do spend a little time on is comparing the Samaritan Pentateuch (SP) with the Hebrew Scriptures (OT) and the Protestant's Bible, and even Muslim teachings/beliefs. They see the Jewish Scriptures (OT) as being very biased against the Samaritans. However they do see a possible Samaritan friendly tone in a hew passages of the New Testament (rather weak evidence, but I suppose it could be possible). They also bring in that the Roman Catholic church as more accepting of the SP, as it tended to favor some of its own translations from the Latin manuscripts they favored. There is a far amount of material about the contacts between the Samaritans and the various peoples, groups, and political/military rulers they lived under the last two thousand years: Pagan, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, the Crusaders, etc. However this information appears to be of secondary importance, except on one topic. That being Muslim culture which has had an impact upon the Samaritan's beliefs, practices and writings. The ninth chapter, 'Samaritan Religion', is again, broken into sub headings. There is some very interesting material here, but again it is limited- which is really a shame. The last chapter (ch. 10) simply describes the Chamberlain-Warren Collection housed at Michigan State University. This ...