Re: Samaritan Pentateuch

From: J.K. Aitken (
Date: Mon Sep 27 1999 - 12:09:37 EDT

The James Purvis book does not contain the text of the Smaritan
Pentateuch, and as Jim west has pointed out there is no available
translation. But there is unlikely ever to be one, sicne the differences
between the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Massoretic text are few. To
translate it would be re-inventing the wheel.
        Most divergences from the MT (not speaking historical but
'synoptically' since the Sam is earlier!) are in the orthography (mater
lectionis etc. in Hebrew) and not in the sense, or in the addition of
'and' (waw) here and there. There are very few theological?content
differences. These mostly are orientated around additions to the portrayal
of Moses in Deuteronomy.
        Most studies on the Sam Pentateuch (including to some extent
Purvis) will discuss these differences.

        Jim Aitken
        Cambridge, UK

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