Introduction Initially before we can answer this question, we must comprehend first of all who the

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Introduction Initially before we can answer this question, we must comprehend first of all who the Samaritans are, second of all who the Jews are, and lastly what they signified to each other in the first century New Testament period. Understanding where the hatred arose from and how they grasped God in the environment they were placed in. We must go back to the Old Testament information to understand this environment. Jews and Samaritans and the hatred they had for each other was enormous, and that occurred from what we understand about their conflict. Samaritans & Jews With the invasion of Assyria in the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 BC, all inhabitants were received into Assyrian captivity. When these Assyrians overcame the…show more content…
The Samaritans rewrote their own history, and claimed that they were the rightful race, while the Judeans were the “impure.” The Samaritans were despised by the Jews which is greatly seen in the New Testament period. The Samaritans had their own version of the Books of Moses, the Samaritan Pentateuch, which included modifications from the Jewish Torah placing the center of worship on Mount Gerizim rather than Jerusalem. There, in their own temple, their priesthood practiced a modified form of OT law. Their relationship to the Jews through belief and practice of common elements of the OT law, as well as their hatred by the Jewish, is recognized by the NT (Luke 10:33; John 4:9; 8:48). – (Garland 2004. 391) We read that the Judeans were carried off into the captivity of Babylon in the beginning of 606 BC and seventy years later returned to Jerusalem, they began to reestablish their beloved Temple and City that they returned to. [Samaritans, who claimed a separate heritage, denied their Jewish identity, and located their own temple on a mountain above ancient Shechem. Hostilities between the two communities flared regularly, which made it more surprising that both Jesus (Luke 9:52; John 4:9) and early Christians (Acts 8:25) reached out to them.] – (Burge. 2009, 59). According to Josephus, the Samaritans refused any participation in the Maccabean wars by denying their Jewish heritage (Ant. 12:5.5[257]. “When the Samaritans saw the
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