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Like Jews and Christians, the Samaritans worship the biblical God (Judaism). But their Holy Scripture consists only of the Pentateuch, whose religious laws they observe as the Jews do. Christian interest in them rests not merely in the fact that there is reference to them in the NT (Luke 10:30–37; 17:16–18; John 4:4–42; Acts 8:4–25). Knowledge of their origin and religion helps us also to understand the development of Jewish religion. On the assumption that at central points (esp. law, priesthood, and eschatology) their religion preserves the state of development of Jewish re…

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Dexinger, Ferdinand, “Samaritans”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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