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

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Hendrickson Publishers, 2002 - Religion - 165 pages
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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About the author (2002)

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

TERRY GILES is a university professor of religious studies in Pennsylvania and has taught biblical studies for the past twenty years. He has authored and coauthored several books and numerous articles on the Old Testament and related fields. Terry combines a passion for scholarship with a concern to communicate in plain language and loves opening the Bible to people who have never read it before. In addition to his teaching career in the United States and Canada, he has led explorations of the Old Testament with students in such places as England, Thailand, and Ethiopia. Terry and his wife, Cheryl, have three children and make their home in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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