Samaritan Pentateuch and Ancient Translations

by Sean Finnegan

In this class, "How We Got the Bible," we're continuing on in our quest to understand the sources for the Hebrew Bible.  We've already covered the Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls, but we have one last important Hebrew source to look at before surveying several significant ancient translations.  As it turns out the Samaritans have their own Hebrew version of the Torah, commonly called the Samaritan Pentateuch.  In this episode you'll learn about the Samaritan Pentateuch and why scholars take it more seriously today than they did in previous centuries.  We'll also consider very important ancient translations of the Tanakh, in Greek, Aramaic, Syriac, and Latin.

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