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William E. Barton Samaritan Collection

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William E. Barton Samaritan Collection, 1903-1950 | Theology Library Archives

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Title: William E. Barton Samaritan Collection, 1903-1950Add to your cart.

ID: 01/002

Extent: 7.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Languages: English, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Arabic

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Barton Collection contains materials accumulated during a quarter century (1903-1926) of personal contact with the Samaritans, including correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and scrolls.  Primary material consists of nineteen scrolls, including two Pentateuchal scrolls of early twentieth century vintage, the original and unpublished Arabic texts of Priest Jacob on the history and thought of the sect, five small modern codices of parts of the Samaritan Pentateuch, two Samaritan prayer books, an Arabic treatise by Priest Isaac on Jacob’s Well, and untranslated autobiography of Jacob in Arabic, two copies of the Samaritan Book of Joshua in Arabic, one of which has a commentary in Samaritan Hebrew, and a copy of Abu’l Fath.  The photographs include forty-three prints of the Abisa scroll from a 1919 filming, discredited at the time, but verified as authentic after re-photographing by Perez Castro in the 1950s, and other photographs or glass slides of the Samaritans.  Personal letters reveal his contacts with the Samaritans and dealers through whom he obtained the scrolls and other materials.  Also contains about 150 letters by or about the American Samaritan Committee.

Collection Historical Note

<strong style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Benton; font-size: 16px; line-height: 28px;">ILLIAM ELEAZAR BARTON. </strong><span style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Benton; font-size: 16px; line-height: 28px;">Clergyman, Samaritan scholar.  Born June 28, 1861, in Sublette, IL; died Dec. 7, 1930 in Foxboro, MA. Attended Berea College, BS 1885, MS 1888, AM 1890, and Oberlin Theological Seminary, BD 1890.  Congregational minister (1885-) serving primarily in Oak Park, IL ( 1899-1924). Associate editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, editor of The Advance. Maintained a lively interest in and correspondence with the Samaritans of Nablus from 1903 until 1926.  During this period, Barton published several articles on the Samaritans in popular and scholarly American journals, and also edited and published a number of essays concerning the sect written by the Samaritan High Priest Jacob (1841-1916). Concern for the financial state of the Samaritan community led Barton to become involved in a humanitarian project for their benefit—an ambitious but ill-fated venture known as the American Samaritan Committee—in part funded by E.K. Warren, an millionaire from Three Oaks, MI.</span>

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Item 1: Samaritan PentateuchAdd to your cart.
Removed from brass case, 30” including center poles, 6-7” in diameter,  center pole detached.  Made by Jacob, Son of Aaron.  Scroll is 16” x 106” (230 columns with 154 lines each). (C-063 WEB Pkg 1, Scroll 16)  JDPurvis: “Pencil notation at end of the scroll: ‘This copy of the Samaritan Torah was purchased by me [WEB] March 11, 1902, from one of the priests, Abu Hassan, son of the High Priest of the Samaritans, in Nablus, Palestine.  It is complete and a good copy.  William E. Barton.’  The cryptogram found in the last two columns reads: ‘I am Abisha bar Pinhas of the Priesthood.’”

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