About Société d'Études Samaritaines

The Samaritans constitute a religious community with some 750 members as of 2010. They live in a village on Mount Gerizim near Nablus, Palestine, and in Holon outside Tel Aviv in Israel. The community has an undisrupted history of more than 2,000 years, and over the last few decades, their numbers have been increasing. Samaritanism is a religion based upon the five Books of Moses in the Hebrew Bible and upon the holy rites performed on Mount Gerizim, where their sanctuary once stood in ancient times. Ethnically, they trace their roots to the ancient Israelite tribes of Joseph and Levi.

The Société d’Études Samaritaines is an international organization for scholars working with Samaritan literature, languages, history, religion, theology, rites, calendar, music, and more. At present the society has 70 members, who work in academic institutions from Australia to Canada, from Israel to Scandinavia.