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Re: The Jewish Faith?

Posted by ayrity on February 19, 2005, at 23:08:40

In reply to Re: The Jewish Faith?, posted by Greenhornet on February 18, 2005, at 11:00:34

> Whoops, they are Jews, but of mixed ethnicity decended from the Jews deported by the Assyarians in the 8th century bct. Granted, they mixed some
> pagan practices with Jewish elements, but they were still Jews, originally from the region of Eretz Yisra'el, the hill country north of Yerushalayim

I assume you are referring to Samaritans? (It would help if you included a bit of the post you are referring to). The Samaritans might be descended from Jews (not sure about that) but their current religious practice is not considered Judaism by any definition or authority that I am aware of, though there might be some similarities. Their beliefs and practices are so distinct that they are considered a different religion. That is not to say that Judaism is exclusive. For example, the Falashas (Ehtiopian Jews) were readily accepted into mainstream Judaism, though both groups were cut off for centuries and significant differences in practices and culture existed. However, the core beliefs were essentially the same.




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