Discussion is continued here from the Popcorn News of July 29, 2016, “There Is An Old Book” (https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/there-is-an-old-book/), regarding whether the Samaritan or the Hebrew version of the Pentateuch is more authentic. Is Mount Ebal or Mount Gerizim the true holy mountain?
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Ebal vs. Gerizim”, published to YouTube on July 31, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 11 minutes and 29 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
A report from WorldNet Daily informs readers that UNESCO is considering a resolution which would deny that there is any Jewish link to the Temple Mount.  “According to the Bible, both Jewish Temples stood at the Temple Mount, though there is no proof for the First Temple. However, the identification of Solomon’s Temple with the area of the Temple Mount is widespread.” 
“Since at least the first century CE, the site has been associated in Judaism with Mount Moriah; Mount Moriah is the name given by the Hebrew Bible to the location of Abraham’s binding of Isaac, this identification being perpetuated by Jewish and Christian tradition.” 
However Mount Moriah, as it turns out, was not in or near Jerusalem. 
As for Solomon’s Temple having been in Jerusalem, “The only evidence is the Bible. There are no other records describing it, and to date there has been no archaeological evidence of the Temple at all.” 
Back around 1314 AD, the Knights Templar excavated beneath the site of the Second Temple. One of the great secrets then of the Knights Templar was that there was no evidence of the First Temple at the site. 
Abram received bread and wine from Melchizedek, king of Salem. Where was this Salem? Not knowing for sure, it was decided that “Salem” must be the same as “Jerusalem.” However Eupolemus states that Abram received gifts from Melchizedek in the holy city of Hargerizim, i.e., Mount Gerizim. 
A bone of contention between the Samaritans and the Hebrews is Deuteronomy 27: 4. In the Samaritan version of the Pentateuch, Mount Gerizim is the place that Moses ordered large stones to be erected. The Hebrew version of the Pentateuch has nearby Mount Ebal as where the large stones were to be erected. No such large stones have been found on Mount Ebal, however they have been found on Mount Gerizim. 
So which version of the Pentateuch is the truer version, that of the Samaritans or that of the Jews? Writing in 1759, Benjamin Kennicott, Vicar of Culbam in Oxfordshire, was convinced that the Samaritan Pentateuch was more accurate than the Jewish Pentateuch. 
——- Sources ——-
 “Israel’s Sanhedrin takes on U.N.”, by Bob Unruh. WorldNet Daily, July 30, 2016. http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/israels-sanhedrin-takes-on-u-n/
 “Temple Mount”, Wikipedia, August 1, 2016.
 Anacalypsis, by Godfrey Higgins. London: J. Burns, 1874.
 BBC – Science & Nature, September 17, 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/solomon_qa.shtml
 The Knights Templar of the Middle East, by HRH Prince Michael of Albany and Walid Amine Salhab. San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2006.
 The Samaritans, the Earliest Jewish Sect, by James A. Montgomery. Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1907.
 The State of the Printed Hebrew Text of the Old Testament Considered, by Benjamin Kennicott. Oxford, 1759.