Question of the Day for Monday, December 24, 2012
Q. I have often wondered about this. It is my understanding that after the divided kingdom and then the exile, the Jews from Judea were allowed to return to Judea. Now, in the time of Jesus, Samaria is north of Judea, and Galilee is north of Samaria. How is that Jews were separated by a place and a people they despised?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
The hostility of first-century Jews toward their Samaritan neighbors is the result of a long and complicated history, and many details seem to be lacking. Samaritans believe themselves descendants of the northern Israelite tribes of Ephraim and Manassah, a claim reinforced by Assyrian texts, which state a sizeable number of Israelites were taken captive in 722 B.C., although a fairly large number were left behind.
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