- Hardcover: 558 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans; 1St Edition edition (April 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802865194
- ISBN-13: 978-0802865199
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An easily accessible primary source for scholars in the fields of Religious Studies and Israelite traditions and folklore. . . . Readers interested in how the Torah shapes Samaritan religious life today will appreciate this firsthand information."
"More than simply a translation, this is a document infused with the unique culture of the Israelite-Samaritans as no other English translation could be. . . Truly an historic piece of literature."
— University of Helsinki
"The Samaritan Pentateuch is a vital source not solely for Samaritanology but also for biblical studies. . . . Benyamim Tsedaka here offers a significant scholarly resource for Hebrew speakers and English-speaking audiences alike."
— Gannon University
"Tsedaka and Sullivan have made a significant contribution, giving a larger audience than ever before access to the Samaritan Pentateuch. This English translation gives a faithful rendition of the Samaritan text and, by comparing it to the Masoretic version, shows the pluriform nature of the early biblical textual tradition. A welcome addition to the biblical studies library!"
— École biblique de Jérusalem
"Both forms of the Torah have been available since the seventeenth century in the great Polyglots, with Latin translation, but modern versions were lacking. This synoptic translation definitely fulfills adesideratum, all the more in that it includes scholarly introductions and extensive footnotes."
Review of Biblical Literature
"Allows people without the requisite linguistic skills to examine the untranslated texts yet who are interested in either the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament or the transmission of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, as well as people generally interested in traditions of interpretation and biblical studies, to access the traditional readings of the SP."
Religious Studies Review
"An extremely valuable addition to English language libraries on Bible and Biblical Studies."
Bible Review Journal
"This landmark volume presents the first-ever English translation of the ancient Israelite Samaritan version of the Pentateuch, or Torah. . . . This book, providing in parallel columns the Israelite Samaritan Text (ST) and the Jewish Masoretic Text (MT), will be of particular interest to Bible collectors and laypersons in addition to Bible scholars. . . . This history-making volume is heartily recommended."
Journal of Ancient Judaism
"Timely. . . . An English translation of the Samaritan Pentateuch will help to make this important textual witness to the Torah more accessible to students and a broader scholarly public alike."
Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews
"Affordably priced and a reasonable size. A good choice for both synagogue and college Judaica and Bible collections."
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It is an important contribution to Bible History.
All Christians and Jews know about the Samaritans.
But very few know that they still exist, that they were millions 2000 years ago and that they were nearly extinct one hundred years ago. Few know that they are the remnant of the 10 tribes of Israel that were taken captive to Assyria, where the majority forgot their heritage. But the Torah predicts their return in the future.
Why was there a schizma between the Samaritans and the Jews?
The answer is found in this book, and the amazing thing is that this Samaritan version of the Torah may be older and more correct than that which we have in our Bibles.
I had the honour to meet Benyamim Tsedaka in 1985 when he introduced me to their celebration of Succot on Har Garizim.
I do recommend this book to all serious students of the Bible. And I admire the Samaritans for their faithfulness through thousands of years. These are not a sect, but true original Israelites and a witness to us all.