Splinter group

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Last seen on: LA Times Crossword 25 Oct 18, Thursday

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Samaritan religion is the national religion[1] of the Samaritans.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] The Samaritans follow the Samaritan Torah, which the Samaritans believe to be the original unchanged Torah,[10] as opposed to the Torah used by Jews. In addition to the Samaritan Torah, Samaritans also revere their version of the Book of Joshua and recognize some of the Biblical figures such as Eli.

Samaritanism is internally described as the religion that began with Moses, unchanged over the millennia that have since passed. Samaritans believe Judaism, as well as the Jewish Torah, has been corrupted by time and thus is no longer serving the duties God mandated on Mount Sinai. Additional differences with Judaism center on the place of worship which in Samaritanism is recognized as Mount Gerizim in Samaria, as opposed to Mount Moriya in Judea within Judaism.

Samaritanism holds that the summit of Mount Gerizim is the true location of God’s Holy Place, as opposed to the Foundation Stone on the Temple Mount as Judaism teaches. As such, Samaritans trace their history as a separate entity from the Jews back to the time of Moses, where they believe Joshua laid the foundation for their temple. Samaritan historiography traces the schism itself to the High Priest Eli abandoning Moses’ Tabernacle in favor of Mount Gerizim following Joshua’s death.

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