A new landmark exhibit at the Museum of the Bible that traces the lineage of the Samaritans of biblical days to the Samaritan community of modern times should serve as an illustration of peace and coexistence for the rest of the world, say scholars who helped launch the exhibit.
The Samaritans trace their lineage back to the Israelite tribe of Ephraim and still live within modern Israel but on a much smaller scale than in Old Testament times, with a micro-community of about 850 Samaritans currently claiming the ancient land as their home.
The D.C.-based Museum of the Bible opened on Friday the special exhibit, The Samaritans: A Biblical People. It offers what the museum is calling “unprecedented access” to the “life, culture and history” of the Samaritans.
It was created in partnership with Yeshiva University’s Center for Israel Studies, which is directed by professor Steven Fine.
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