Samiri

This is a quick refutation of the following article by Ali Sina:

http://alisina.org/blog/2010/11/29/samaritans-and-moses/

In which he alleges the following:

In the Bible (Exodus 32) there is a story about Israelites worshiping a calf when Moses went to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God. On his return Moses was angered and ordered “everyone to put on his sword and kill his brothers, his friends, and his neighbors” (Ex.32:27). In this story the culprits are the Israelites and Aaron the brother of Moses who let himself to be influenced by them. This incident is reported in the Quran.

He [Allah] said, “We have tempted thy people since thou didst leave them. The Samaritan (in Arabic Samiri) has led them into error.” Then Moses returned … … and we cast them [(gold) ornaments], as the Samaritan also threw them, into the fire.” (Then he brought out for them a Calf, a mere body that lowed; and they said, “This is your god, and the god of Moses, whom he has forgotten.”) … Moses said, “And thou, Samaritan, what was thy business?” …– Quran 20:85-88, 95

In the Quranic version the culprits are the Samaritans who mislead the Jews into worshiping the bull. But in the original story of the Bible there is no mention of any Samaritan. When questioned, Muslims claim that the Bible is corrupted. However, at the time of Moses, Samaria did not exist and there was no one known as Samaritan.

Here, Sina mistakes Samiri, an individual, with the Samaritans سامريون – an offshoot of Judaism. A likely possibility is that Samiri is the Biblical Zimri, son of Saul and the Prince of the Tribe of Simeon. The Old Testament does mention Zimri as someone, of ill repute, who openly defied Moses. However, in the Bible he does not have any connections with the story of the calf.

This bizarre mistakes of Sina is probably just based on somewhat similarity of name. I think, I have already sufficiently established the quality of Sina’s research, therefore, I am not surprised by the error.

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