Category: Israelite Samaritan

Articles related to the viewpoints of the Israelite Samaritans.

The Chosen Place is not Jerusalem

The Chosen Place is not Jerusalem

According to Judaism there is only one place where offerings to YHWH can be made–the temple in Jerusalem. Without it, Jews are not authorized to bring offerings at all. This understanding comes from the book of Deuteronomy, which over 20 times mentions a “chosen place” as the only location for offerings and pilgrimage feasts.

Surprisingly, an objective read of Deuteronomy itself, paired with ancient manuscript evidence, verses from the Song of the Sea in Exodus, history recorded by Josephus, and confirmation from the Judean book of Joshua and other passages in the Tanakh, shows the chosen place is NOT Jerusalem! It’s startlingly simple to confirm, but difficult to see because most of us have simply never had reason to question Jerusalem as the chosen place.

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