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Mount Gerizim

Mount Gerizim

To the south of the modern city of Nablus (OT Shechem) is located Mount Gerizim—a mountain that is holy to the Samaritans.

There, the Samaritans built a (series of?) temple(s) to worship God.  Today the community is very small—less than 700 persons—but they still participate in ancient rituals (especially notable is their Passover celebration in the spring of the year).

For a relatively recent description of the archaeological finds see: Magen, Yitzhak. “Bells, Pendants, Snakes & Stones — A Samaritan Temple to the Lord on Mt. Gerizim.” Biblical Archaeological Review 36, no. 6 (November/December 2010): 26–35, 70.

Magen, Yitzhak. "Gerizim, Mount." Pages 1742–48 in The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land — vol. 5 — Supplementary Volume. Edited by Hillel Geva Ephraim Stern, Alan Paris, and Joseph Aviram. Jerusalem and Washington, DC: Israel Exploration Society and Biblical Archaeological Society, 2008.