Notices of the Modern Samaritans: Illustrated by Incidents in the Life of Jacob Esh Shelaby (Google eBook)

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S.Low, 1855 - Samaritans - 55 pages
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Page 26 - Exod. xii. 6. of the food thus prepared.1 The scraps of meat, wool, and bone are carefully sought for, and burnt on the heap, that not a morsel may remain." The entire services occupy the greater part of the day, and are prolonged into the night. Early on the morning of the fifteenth day, the people generally return to their avocations in the city. " The Feast of Tabernacles is also kept
Page 25 - ... Tabernacles, in the autumn, is substantially as follows: " During the days of unleavened bread, the Samaritans live in tents on the mountain [Gerizim], near to the ruins. On the fourteenth day of the first month, the whole congregation, men, women, and children, except such as are ceremonially unclean, being assembled, the priest stands forth on a mound, and reads, in a solemn and impressive voice, the description of the Exodus.1 " In a trench, previously prepared, a fire is kindled, and two...
Page 26 - ... is heated to serve as an oven. Then lambs are brought, in sufficiency for the whole community. Seven is now the usual number. At sunset, seven men, in white dresses, take each a lamb before him, and at the utterance of a particular word in the service all seven lambs are slain at the same instant." Every member of the congregation then dips his hand in the blood of the dying victims, and besmears his forehead with it, sometimes only those of the women and children. " Boiling water from the caldrons...
Page 25 - ... the priest stands forth on a mound, and reads, in a solemn and impressive voice, the description of the Exodus.1 " In a trench, previously prepared, a fire is kindled, and two caldrons of water are placed over it. A round pit is dug, in the form of a well, and it is heated to serve as an oven. Then lambs are brought, in sufficiency for the whole community. Seven is now the usual number. At sunset, seven men, in white dresses, take each a lamb before him, and at the utterance of a particular word...
Page 34 - I had seen Dr. Wilson make use of one up above in the open air, and was much surprised ; but now, down in this dark place, upon striking the end of one against the rough side of the box, I was amazed at the report and ignition, and made up my mind not to waste any, but to keep...
Page 34 - No/' was continued for some time, but now I did not exactly know how to answer : " this could not be the book...
Page 32 - ... he purchased four camel ropes. I could not understand all this preparation, but on arriving at the mouth of the well I soon discovered the reason. It appeared that one of the Scotch Missionaries had some years ago dropped his Bible into the well, which Dr. Wilson was now so anxious to extricate.
Page 13 - Mohammedans of a very fierce and fanatical disposition ; the rest are about 300 or 400 Christians of the Greek Orthodox Church, eight or ten Jewish families, and the Samaritans, who number 195 souls.
Page 25 - ... affecting. To enter into minute details of those ceremonies would be exceedingly tedious, as they occupy several days, in accordance with the law of Moses. The observance of the Passover, the most important feast of the Samaritans, and the Feast of Tabernacles, in the autumn, is substantially as follows: " During the days of unleavened bread, the Samaritans live in tents on the mountain [Gerizim], near to the ruins. On the fourteenth day of the first month...
Page 10 - Pentateuch written by Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the Priest.

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