Gerizim

Gerizim

(gĕr`əzĭm, gērī`–), Arabic Jabal at Tur, mountain, 2,890 ft (881 m) high, in the Samaritan Hills, in the West BankWest Bank,
territory, formerly part of Palestine, after 1949 administered by Jordan, since 1967 largely occupied by Israel (2005 est. pop. 2,386,000), 2,165 sq mi (5,607 sq km), west of the Jordan River, incorporating the northwest quadrant of the Dead Sea.
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, Heb. Shechem, city (2003 est. pop. 127,000), the West Bank. It is the market center for a region where wheat and olives are grown and sheep and goats are grazed. Manufactures include soap made from olive oil and colorful shepherds' coats.
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, near the ancient Shechem, lies in the valley between Gerizim and Mt. Ebal. Gerizim is sacred to the Samaritans, whose tradition holds that Abraham's offer to sacrifice Isaac occurred there. The 300-year-old Samaritan temple at Gerizim, a replica of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, was destroyed by the Maccabean leader, John Hyrcanus, in the 2d cent. B.C. (Joshua 8.33; Judges 9.7; John 4.20,21). Excavated ruins lying below a Byzantine church on Gerizim are believed to be those of the replica, whose history is described in the writings of Flavius Josephus.
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At two o'clock we stopped to lunch and rest at ancient Shechem, between the historic Mounts of Gerizim and Ebal, where in the old times the books of the law, the curses and the blessings, were read from the heights to the Jewish multitudes below.
Samaritans claim that Abel built the first altar at Gerizim, and Abraham brought Isaac there to sacrifice him.
What "God is" may be conceived on different terms than God's localized presence or self-presentation (whether it be Mount Gerizim, Jerusalem, or the flesh of Jesus) and yet God is unnamed apart from the revelatory act.
Part One discusses the Samaritan Pentateuch (expanded like some of the Qumran documents, but with additional sectarian readings favoring Gerizim over Jerusalem, avoiding anthropomorphisms when speaking of the deity, and enhancing the status of Moses), the Samaritan Joshua (that begins with the time of Moses and takes the history down to the Roman occupation), and the Annals and chronicles (that continue the story where the Samaritan Joshua left off and continue the Samaritan story to modern times).
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Gerizim and fewer around Sebaste, although Herod rebuilt the city.
The authors provide three criteria for determining the earliest formation of the Samaritan sect, in order to distinguish it from ordinary "Samaritans": self-awareness as a religious sect; the use of the Samaritan Pentateuch as a holy text; and the preference for Mount Gerizim as the proper place of worship (p.
Nablus clings to the slopes of Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, the latter dominated by the palatial residence of statesman and Palestinian tycoon Munib al-Masri.
For an overview of the archaeological remains, see Yitzhak Magen, "The Church of Mary Theotokos on Mount Gerizim," in Christian Archaeology in the Holy Land: New Discoveries: Essays in Honour of Virgilio C.
Before the God in this place for good remembrance; a comparative analysis of the Aramaic votive inscriptions from Mount Gerizim.
At 881 meters (2,900 feet), Mount Gerizim is one of the highest peaks in the West Bank 6 and the view from it is a snapshot of what the Holy Land has become today.
For centuries, following the return of the Babylonian exiles to Jerusalem, the large Temple built on the crown of Mt Gerizim outshone the Second Temple.