The Keepers describes the Samaritans’ remarkable history and survival and the unique oppression and grace that have shaped their culture and religion. It’s a history whose antagonists have included Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and it has contributed to arguments between Roman Catholics and Protestants over the text of the Bible. The threads of the story disappear at times into Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but ultimately succeed in affirming the unique Samaritan identity. Popularly associated with phrases like “The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel” and “The Good Samaritan,” many are surprised to learn that the Samaritans have a rich history and culture that includes a contemporary chapter. This history is illuminated by stories in the Hebrew Bible and documents from Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic sources.
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The Keepers is both a significant scholarly contribution to the subject and an important introduction, serving even the needs of a general readership with its clear style, elegant production, and incorporation of source material. The text is handled carefully and intelligently, and this book includes very useful information on subjects that are not easy to find, such as the transmission of the Samaritan Pentateuch to Europe, Samaritan inscriptions, and the importance of the Samaritans in New Testament studies.
—Alan D. Crown (1932–2010), professor of Semitic studies, University of Sydney
With their book The Keepers, Anderson and Giles have enriched the literature on the Samaritans with an admirable contribution. Many in our culture are familiar with the New Testament story of the Good Samaritan, but few know that there are still Samaritans living in Israel and Palestine, who have an unbroken history from antiquity to our days. Even though the last few decades have seen a flowering of Samaritan studies, many publications are addressed to scholars of biblical studies and religion. What Anderson and Giles have done is to write a concise and highly readable introduction—complete with maps, photographs, and a bibliography—that will appeal to a wider readership. But for all the elegance and liveliness with which the two authors present the subject, they have not sacrificed accuracy and care in dealing with disputed or unsolved issues.
—Reinhard Pummer, emeritus professor of religious studies, University of Ottawa
Robert T. Anderson, author of Samaritan Manuscripts and Artifacts, is an emeritus professor of religious studies at Michigan State University.
Terry Giles teaches biblical studies as a professor of theology at Gannon University. He has also been active in higher education administration and served as a guest teaching faculty in Europe, Asia, and Africa.