THE ISRAELITE SAMARITAN TORAH
WAS PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH
alongside the Masoretic Version
FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN APRIL 2013
The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah in English can be purchased below
The first translation to show the Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah alongside the Masoretic version, in English, was published in April 2013, by Eerdmans Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. The version is translated, edited and authored by Benyamim Tsedaka with the help of co-editor, Ms. Sharon J. Sullivan. Sharon is the representative of A.B. Institute of Samaritan Studies in the USA. She is currently studying for second and third degrees in Biblical Hebrew at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Three leading scholars wrote introductions to the book: Professor James Charlsworth of Princeton University, USA; Professor Emanuel Tov of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Professor Steven Fine of Yeshiva University in New York City. On the back cover of the book are endorsements by Professor Martin Abegg from Canada, Reinhard Pummer from Canada and Haseeb Shehadeh from Finland.
In the 710 pages of the book the Samaritan Torah, in English translation, and the accepted English translation of the traditional Jewish (Masoretic) version are presented in parallel columns emphasizing the 3000 significant differences between the two versions. In the left margin are Benyamim’s explanations for the most prominent differences, based on the Israelite Samaritan tradition. All names in the Torah are given in the original Hebrew pronunciation, and all are listed in an appendix. Two other appendices show how close the Samaritan Pentateuch is to the Translation of the Seventy, and to some of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
On 27 November 2012, after an introduction by Professor Charlesworth, Benyamim Tsedaka led a seminar on the importance of the Israelite Samaritan Version of the Pentateuch. Scholars and advanced students of Princeton University Theological Research Department attended, along with other interested individuals. Princeton was an appropriate venue, having a strong reputation in Biblical Research. At this special event the first pre-publication copies of Benyamim’s long-awaited book were presented, to the delight of Benyamim and Professor Charlesworth.
The book can be bought here (Amazon UK)
here (Amazon USA)
and here (Amazon France)
Photo: Benny with the new book
See also: article by Chavie Lieber in www.tabletmag.com:
And this article on Benny and Sharon’s Israelite Samaritan Torah Translation: