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 (sə-măr′ē-ə, -mâr′-)
An ancient city of central Palestine in the northern part of the present-day West Bank. It was founded in the ninth century bc as the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, also known as Samaria. Conquered by Sargon II in 722 bc, it was destroyed in the second century and rebuilt by Herod the Great. According to tradition, Saint John the Baptist is buried here.


1. (Placename) the region of ancient Palestine that extended from Judaea to Galilee and from the Mediterranean to the River Jordan; the N kingdom of Israel
2. (Placename) the capital of this kingdom; constructed northwest of Shechem in the 9th century bc


(səˈmɛər i ə)

1. a district in ancient Palestine N of Judea: later part of the Roman province of Syria; taken by Jordan 1948; occupied by Israel 1967.
2. the northern kingdom of the ancient Hebrews.
3. the ancient capital of this kingdom.
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Noun1.Samaria - an ancient city in central Palestine founded in the 9th century BC as the capital of the northern Hebrew kingdom of Israel; the site is in present-day northwestern Jordan
Canaan, Holy Land, Promised Land, Palestine - an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism
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Furthermore, scholars have taken to deemphasizing the reigns of biblical kings for whom we have no extrabiblical evidence and examining areas of history the Bible ignores, such as Samarian society after the Assyrian conquest in c.
Those who think they can force us to build only within the Auschwitz borders are wrong," said Housing Minister Uri Ariel on Monday as he helped dedicate two new neighborhoods in the Samarian Jewish community of Kedumim.
Moreover, the word Samarian appeared only once in 1175, whereas Samaritanisc was attested in Old English and in 1150.
I was told that in the first weeks after the Six-Day War, some Israeli civilians as they explored the Judean and Samarian hills so central in their ancient history, had stopped at Nebi Musa to gas up their vehicles.
Milan, Oct 9 (ANI): A new archaeological study claims that the Qassem cave in the Samarian foothills just outside Tel Aviv was a hub of mass production of tools and weapons around 200,000 to 400,000 years ago.
Forget such trifles: Your world is about to be rocked, courtesy the Council of Samarian Settlers, which recently released a series of three video games designed to capture the hearts and minds of those crazy kids who like them noisy computer thingies.
Thousands of Likud members came to the Samarian community of Revava Sunday afternoon to mark the end of freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria.
His proposal would have also involved evacuation of dozens of settlements in the Jordan Valley, in the eastern Samarian hills and in the Hebron region.
Enaam Al Lawati who is known for her art based on Samarian and Babylonian ancient myths will also present the ancient drawings inside Salalah caves in an abstract way.
The evening meal was served in the Samaria restaurant, named after Crete's famous Samarian Gorge, and gorge is what you were encouraged to do.
Petersburg in Russia (Strelkov, 1958, 1971); (4) natural caves in the Ural Mountains (Strelkov, 1958; Bol'shakov, 1981); (5) abandoned mines at Samarian Luka by the Volga River (Il'in et al.