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The Hebrew Pentateuch of the Samaritans

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The Samaritan Pentateuch is an essential text for understanding the complex textual history of the Old Testament texts. Its existence was “rediscovered” by scholars during the 17th century and its importance as a textual witness has been vigorously debated since that time. Although the Samaritan Pentateuch is most commonly known for its sectarian readings, such as God’s command to build the temple on mount Gerizim, its value is in no way diminished, evident from its numerous agreements with the Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls against the Masoretic Text, as well as the agreements between Stephen’s sermon in Acts against any known Masoretic Text.

August von Gall’s Der Hebräische Pentateuch der Samaritaner is a critical edition of the Samaritan Pentateuch, making it an indispensable work for those investigating the differences between the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Masoretic Texts. Von Gall’s edition also contains a list and description of the various manuscripts used for the edition, unique spelling variations and special features of the manuscripts, methodological principles of the critical text, and introduction to the usage of the text, and supplements and improvements.

Please note: the foreward and prolegomena of this text are in German.

  • Provides select photographs of the Samaritan Pentateuch
  • Contains a critical apparatus
  • Offers greater insight into the reception history of the Pentateuch


  • List and Description of Manuscripts Used in This Edition and a Number of Select Other Manuscripts
  • Directory of Editions
  • Spelling and Arrangement of Samaritan Manuscripts
  • Principles Followed in the Creation of This Edition
  • How To Use This Text
  • Appendix and Improvements

The Hebrew Text

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • Title: Der Hebräische Pentateuch der Samaritaner
  • Author: August Freiherr von Gall
  • Publisher: Alfred Töpelmann
  • Print Publication Date: 1918
  • Language: German
  • Resources: 2
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Resource ID: {711A6C8C-171C-4D72-BD60-58CBA51A213A}
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2018-06-25T20:51:48Z

About August Freiherr von Gall

August Freiherr von Gall (1872-1946) was a professor at the University of Giessen.

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  1. Robert Griffin

    Robert Griffin


    This should be interesting. I am told that the Samaritan Text, The Septuagint and Flavius Josephus have an extra 650 years compared to the Hebrew Masoretic Text in the Genesis 11 genealogy. It seems that the Masoretic Text took the 650 years out of 7 peoples lives so that it could make Shem live at the same time as Melchizedek. The idea was to prove that Melchizedek was actually Shem so that the Jews could invalidate Jesus being a priest after the order of Melchizedek in the book of Hebrews. If Melchizedek was Shem it would invalidate the claim because Shem was the ancestor of Levi and hence Melchizedek would be tied into the Levitical priesthood rather than being completely independent of it. Please look at "Were the Pyramids Built Before the Flood? (Masoretic Text vs. Original Hebrew)" on www.youtube.com to see a 31 minutes 50 secs video explaining it all in detail. The video shows that this 650 years answers a lot of other awkward questions at the same time. It should be interesting to see what Genesis 11 actually looks like in the Samaritan Text for myself compared to the Masoretic Text.
  2. David Knoll

    David Knoll


    This could be very useful for the next decade or so until Schorsch finishes the new critical edition in Halle.
  3. Jordan Litchfield


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