Variations in manuscript copies of the Pentateuch are here explored. It is likely that the Samaritan version of the Pentateuch is a truer rendering of the Old Testament than the Hebrew version. The Knights Templar excavated in Jerusalem, looking for remains of Solomon’s Temple. The big secret they found was that Solomon’s Temple had not been in Jerusalem! Was Solomon’s Temple actually located on the Samaritan holy mountain of Gerizim?
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “There Is An Old Book”, published to YouTube on July 29, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 8 minutes and 53 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
In the previous Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry, Imposter Jews Run Israel, I theorized that imposters are in control of the state of Israel, and that the Samaritans are the truer Jews.  Developing on this theme, let us turn to a book first published in 1759, The State of the Printed Hebrew Text of the Old Testament Considered, by Benjamin Kennicott.
Might there have been transcribers’ mistakes over the years as they painstakingly made copies of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament? Kennicott considers this to have almost certainly happened. So along comes the printing press many hundreds of years later, and the question is: Which of the various transcribings do you use?
Kennicott reports on the Samaritan Pentateuch, which differs somewhat from the Hebrew version, particularly in regard to corruption in the text of Deuteronomy 27: 4. Had “Mount Ebal” been inserted, rather than “Mount Gerizim”, by a careless scribe? (“Woe unto you, scribes…” – Matthew 23: 14)
Kennicott urges “collating” the various manuscript transcriptions, comparing and contrasting, searching for consensus. This would bring us closer to the original Pentateuch, he thought. “The chief argument, for the usefulness of such an undertaking, was founded upon the discovery of many Hebrew MSS [manuscripts], which contain’d very material variations; and such, as would render it probable — that mistakes more in number, and more considerable in their nature, would appear to have been made by the Jews, in their transcripts of the old Testament (notwithstanding their so-much-boasted accuracy)…” 
So we have a seeming substitution in Deuteronomy 27: 4 of Mount Ebal for what had originally been Mount Gerizim. The latter is the holy mountain of the Samaritans. If a transcriber’s error (or more likely a wilful substitution) had been made, then the text would have originally read, “And when you have passed over the Jordan, you shall set up these stones, concerning which I [Moses] command you this day, on Mount Gerizim…”
Support for Mount Gerizim having been in the original is offered by James A. Montgomery, in his book, The Samaritans, the Earliest Jewish Sect. On Mount Ebal had been found only “ruins of a very rude construction” whereas on Mount Gerizim had been discovered much more extensive ruins having “considerable architectural importance.” 
There is also the secret found by the Knights Templar when they excavated beneath the site of Zerrubabel’s temple, in Jerusalem: That Solomon’s Temple did not lie underneath! “What became also obvious to the Templars is that the original Jerusalem of Solomon, the pre-Babylonian-invasion Jerusalem, was not that which the Crusaders were occupying in Palestine and from which these various crusader kings were ruling from.” When these Knights Templar “looked at the history related in the Old Testament, they realized that something within the religious facts was amiss with the archeological finds.” 
——- Sources ——-
 “Imposter Jews Run Israel”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, July 28, 2016. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/imposter-jews-run-israel/
 The State of the Printed Hebrew Text of the Old Testament Considered, by Benjamin Kennicott. Oxford, 1759.
 The Samaritans, the Earliest Jewish Sect, by James A. Montgomery. Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1907.
 The Knights Templar of the Middle East, by HRH Prince Michael of Albany and Walid Amine Salhab. San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2006.