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A group of people who believed they were the true descendants of Israel and keepers of the Torah. During the time of the New Testament, their chief religious site was Mount Gerizim. The Samaritans believed that the Jerusalem temple and priesthood were illegitimate.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
SAMARITANS [Heb haššōmĕrōnı̂m (הַשֹּׁמְרֹנִים)]. The people who dwelt in Samaria, particularly in the tribal regions of Manasseh and Ephraim, and who have maintained a unique identity to the present. Subsequently the form of Israelite religion that developed in the area centered around Mt. Gerizim.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Samaritans. Schismatic monotheistic group similar in theology to the Jews. The group resided north of Judea and south of Galilee in hostile tension with its Jewish neighbors. Jesus’ attitude toward this despised group radically contrasted with contemporary sentiment.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Samaritans (suh-mair´uh-tuhnz).1 In the Hebrew Bible, an ethnic term for the residents of the district of Samaria. The term appears only once in the account of the settlement of Mesopotamian colonists in the region by the Assyrians. According to 2 Kings 17:29, these foreign people made gods of their
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
SAMARITANS. In the OT period a term referring to the residents of the city or province of Samaria (2 Kgs 17:29). Some estrangement between the residents of middle and southern Palestine was evident in the period of the judges, but the feelings were intensified with the formation of the northern kingdom
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
SAMARITANS. In evv of the OT, Samaritans are mentioned only in 2 Ki. 17:29, a passage which describes the syncretistic religion of those peoples whom the king of Assyria transported to the N kingdom of Israel to replace the exiled native population after the fall of Samaria (722/721 bc).Several reasons
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Samaritans (Heb. hachsšōmĕrōnɩ̂m; Gk. Samareɩ́tēs)A Hebrew religious sect geographically focused on Mt. Gerizim and claiming to be descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh among the tribes of the northern kingdom. They believe they preserve the original Mosaic religion. Several hundred survive today,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Samaritans [sə mărˊə tənz] (Heb. haššōmerōnî; Gk. Samareitēs).† Inhabitants of the region of Samaria and adherents of the Samaritan religious tradition.The Jewish view of the origin and nature of the Samaritans occurs already in the Old Testament, beginning with the judgment (summarized at
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
SamaritansIn NT times the Samaritans were a substantial religious group inhabiting parts of the central hill country of Samaria between Galilee* to the north and Judea to the south, but with Diaspora communities in addition (see Archeology and Geography). Physically, they focused on Mount Gerizim, close
Catholic Bible Dictionary
SAMARIA, SAMARITANS Samaria was the capital city of the northern kingdom of Israel under the Omride Dynasty in the early ninth century b.c. (1 Kgs 16:23–24) until the city was conquered by the Assyrians around 722 b.c. The city of Samaria is normally identified with the modern Sebastiya (Sebaste). The