The Destruction of the Samaritan Temple by John Hyrcanus: A Reconsideration

@article{Bourgel2016TheDO,
  title={The Destruction of the Samaritan Temple by John Hyrcanus: A Reconsideration},
  author={J. Bourgel},
  journal={Journal of Biblical Literature},
  year={2016},
  volume={135},
  pages={505 - 523}
}
  • J. Bourgel
  • Published 2016
  • History
  • Journal of Biblical Literature
The destruction of the Samaritan temple on Mount Gerizim by John Hyrcanus (ca. 112/111 BCE) is often regarded as the decisive cause of the final breach between Jews and Samaritans. This action is usually interpreted as one of hatred and contempt directed against the Samaritan community as a whole; it has even been maintained that Hyrcanus’s real intention was to exclude the Samaritans from Judaism. Yet comparative analysis of John Hyrcanus’s treatment of the people he subdued may lead to the… Expand