Definitions for samaritansəˈmær ɪ tn
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a member of the people inhabiting Samaria in biblical times
a Good Samaritan
A native, or inhabitant of Samaria; especially one practising the religious traditions originating in that region.
Of, or relating to Samaria or Samaritans.
Origin: From Samaritanus, from Σαμαρείτης, from Σαμαρεία.
of or pertaining to Samaria, in Palestine
a native or inhabitant of Samaria; also, the language of Samaria
Origin: [L. Samaritanus.]
The Samaritans are an ethnoreligious group of the Levant, descended from ancient Semitic inhabitants of the region. The Samaritans are adherents of Samaritanism, an Abrahamic religion closely related to Judaism. Samaritans believe that their worship, which is based on the Samaritan Pentateuch, is the true religion of the ancient Israelites from before the Babylonian Exile, preserved by those who remained in the Land of Israel, as opposed to Judaism, which they see as a related but altered and amended religion, brought back by those returning from the Babylonian exile. Ancestrally, Samaritans claim descent from the Israelite tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh as well as from the priestly tribe of Levi, who have links to ancient Samaria from the period of their entry into the land of Canaan, while some suggest that it was from the beginning of the Babylonian Exile up to the Samaritan polity of Baba Rabba. Samaritans used to include a line of Benjamin tribe, but it went extinct during the decline period of the Samaritan demographics.
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