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The John Rylands Research Institute

The Samaritan correspondence of Moses Gaster: Texts, analysis and contexts

Katharina Keim, BA Postdoctoral fellow.

Envelope addressed to Gaster Rabbi Moses

Katharina’s project analyses and contextualises about 500 letters in Samaritan Hebrew. 

The letters, which passed between Jewish scholar Moses Gaster in London and the Samaritan community in Nablus between 1904 and 1933, offer insights into Gaster’s contribution to the field of Samaritan Studies. Katharina is working to clarify the motives and methods behind Gaster’s creation of one of the most important collections of “oriental” manuscripts assembled in the 20th century, against the backdrop of the desperate attempts of the small Samaritan community to preserve its cultural heritage while declining in number.