The Keepers: An Introduction to the History and Culture of the Samaritans

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Hendrickson Publishers, 2002 - Religion - 165 pages
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"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.

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"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 ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Anderson is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Michigan State University.

Terry Giles is Professor of Theology at Gannon University. He is the author of A Doubter's Guide to Heaven and Tradition Kept.

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