news.relig/jc/Samaritanism's relation to Judaism:
. Samaritans are from Samaria,
the Hebrew kingdom of Israel vs Judah:
Samaritanism is related to Judaism.
The major issue between Jews and Samaritans
has always been the location of
the chosen place to worship God;
the Jewish place is Jerusalem;
while Samaritans believe in Mount Gerizim .
. Samaritans say that their worship is the
true religion of the ancient Israelites
prior to the Babylonian Exile,
Judaism is an altered and amended religion,
brought back by those returning from the Babylonian exile.
Ancestrally, Samaritans claim descent from
the Israelite tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh
(the two sons of Joseph (son of Jacob))
as well as from the priestly tribe of Levi .
Their split from the children of Judah (the Jews)
began during the time of Eli the priest,
when the Samaritans (then Kingdom of Israel)
refused to accept Jerusalem as the elect,
from the Kingdom of Judah;
and remained on Mount Gerizim.
The Samaritans say that Mount Gerizim was the
original Holy Place of Israel
from the time that Joshua conquered Israel.
. Jesus tried to unite the Samaritans,
20 Our [Samaritan] fathers gave worship on
this mountain, but you Jews say that the
right place for worship is in Jerusalem.
21 Jesus said to her, Woman, take my word for this;
the time is coming when you will
not give worship to the Father
on this mountain or in Jerusalem.
... 24 God is Spirit:
then let his worshippers give him worship
in the true way of the spirit.