Samaritan Hebrew


A language of Palestine

Alternate Names
Samaritan, Shamerim

No known L1 speakers in Palestine. Ethnic population: No ethnic community. Total users in all countries: none known.


Nablus governorate.

Language Status

9 (Second language only).

Language Use



Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Hebrew script [Hebr], no longer in use. Samaritan script [Samr].

Other Comments

Samaritan Hebrew survives as a liturgical language last spoken in the second century. About 30% live near Nablus and speak Palestinian Arabic [ajp] as L1. Others live near Tel Aviv and speak Hebrew [heb] as L1. Jewish.

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