Tradition Kept: The Literature of the Samaritans
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In Tradition Kept, Samaritan experts Robert T. Anderson and Terry Giles have created an accessible introduction to the sacred literature of the Samaritans. This new volume serves as an effective companion to the authors' earlier history of the Samaritans, The Keepers, which sheds light on a people virtually unknown apart from the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Anderson and Giles offer fresh translations of the most important and least available portions of Samaritan literature, including major historical works, liturgies, theological compositions, and even samplings of astronomical and amulet texts. These are indispensable texts for those seeking to understand these contemporaries of Ezra and Nehemiah, Jesus, and early Jewish rabbis. Students and scholars will particularly benefit from the illustrations and bibliography that provides profitable information and direction for further research into the corpus of Samaritan sacred texts.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801045487
ISBN-13: 9780801045486

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Author Bio

Robert T. Anderson, author of Samaritan Manuscripts and Artifacts, is professor emeritus of religious studies at Michigan State University.

Terry Giles teaches biblical studies as professor of theology at Gannon University. He has also been active in higher education administration and served as guest teaching faculty in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Editorial Reviews

"An attractive and accessible collection of often hard to find Samaritan literature that will likely become a standard tool for undergraduate students and educated individuals wishing to consult a wide range of Samaritan literature in translation."

Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

"Anderson and Giles attempt to fill a longstanding hole by treating the Samaritan writings as a subject for student inquiry. The chapter on the Samaritan Pentateuch is especially welcome in beginning to cure a much neglected part of studies of Second Temple Judaic tradition. The value of the chapter on the Samaritan Pentateuch . . . accents the need for student-oriented writings on the pentateuchal witnesses at the turn of the era."

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

A very useful book. It makes accessible in full or in lengthy excerpts most of the core texts of Samaritan history, theology, and liturgy ....Tradition Kept enables the biblical scholar to include Samaritan tradition and history in research. It gives voice to the role of the Samaritan Israelites in the formation of biblical traditions as well as religio-political relationships between Samaritans and Jews since the early postexilic period."

Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"Supplementing their book The Keepers, Anderson and Giles now offer an introduction to traditional Samaritan literature of which they reproduce a generous anthology in fresh English translation. For biblical studies, the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Josephus-like 'Samaritan Joshua' are particularly relevant. This is a most useful book, and it will no doubt help to put Samaritan studies back on the agenda of biblical scholarship."

International Review of Biblical Studies

"A welcome addition to the growing body of resources available for the study of one of the religious communities we encounter in the pages of the New Testament. . . . The translations, while not all original to the editors, are reasonably contemporary in style and contain helpful guides to interpretation. . . . This volume makes accessible some resources of interest to biblical scholars and students of religious history, both in the sense that the original texts are otherwise not easy to find, and in the sense that the discussion of them enables the non-specialist to gain a feel for this body of religious texts and the people who gave it birth. There are helpful indexes of authors, subjects, and ancient sources."

—John A. Davies, Reformed Theological Review

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