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Samaria/Samaritans
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Samaria (Heb. ןוֹרמְשֹׁ/Šomerôn) was the capital of the kingdom of Israel (II, 1) and later the center of the province established in the hill country of Samaria (see II below) from the late 8th century bce until the late Byzantine period. 1 Kings relates that Omri purchased the “hill of Samaria” from a man named Shemer and built a city, which he called after the original owner (16:24). This, of course, is a folk etymology, the name Shomron is derived from the root שׁמר/š…

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Na’aman, Nadav and Achenbach, Reinhard, “Samaria/Samaritans”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024703>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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