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Samaria, Samaritans
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I. Samaria

(Hebrew Šomron, LXX Σαμάρεια/Samáreia), seat of government of the kings of the Northern Kingdom of Israel from the reign of Omri (882-871 BC; Judah and Israel). The newly-founded city, whose name (root šmr, 'to guard, protect; watch-tower') refers to its strategic location, was not, as is often assumed, a Canaanite city-state alongside Jezreel as the Israelite centre. S. was the Israelite royal seat, and Jezreel a royal demesne.

As is evident from Assyrian and OT texts, the rulers of S. were com…

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Liwak, Rüdiger (Berlin) and Zangenberg, Jürgen, “Samaria, Samaritans”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1100020>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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