Gannon University Professor's Book Receives Favorable Review
Posted: October 17, 2014
As the longtime Editor-in-Chief of the international Dead Sea
Scrolls Publication Project, Emanuel Tov reads a lot of ancient
texts. He occasionally reads modern texts, too and reviews them.
One that received a favorable review was a recent book co-authored
by Gannon University Professor of Theology Terry Giles, Ph.D.
Written with Robert Anderson, Ph.D. and entitled "The Samaritan
Pentateuch: An Introduction to Its Origin, History, and
Significance for Biblical Studies," the book was praised by Tov in
the July 2014 edition of The Expository Times, a journal directed
toward pastors, pointing them to recent commentary and Biblical
Such scholarship has been a passion of Giles' for a long time.
Giles takes a particular interest in the Samaritans, a fascinating
but dwindling sect who, Giles said, "claim to be the true Israel,
and that Eli, Saul and David were heretical fringe figures not
representative of the true Israel."
The book explores the Pentateuch, the traditional Hebrew Bible,
as preserved in the Samaritan tradition in light of discoveries
revealed in analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Samaritan
Pentateuch is a version of the first five books of the
Bible--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy--that
differs from the Torah, the Hebrew Bible as we have come to know
"There are some significant differences between the Samaritan
Pentateuch and other textual precursors that we have now," Giles
said. "For years the Samaritan Pentateuch was cast as a supporting
tradition to other precursor text traditions, but the publication
of the Dead Sea Scrolls has changed the way that we look at these
textual traditions. The precursor texts to the Samaritan Pentateuch
is present in the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as the other precursors
to what we have today, so the Samaritan Pentateuch is being seen as
a really important contributor to the texts we know today. The book
that Robert and I wrote explores what we know of one of the