Torah Torah

A priest lifts a Samaritan Torah scroll during sunrise prayers on Mount Gerizim in the West Bank. One of the world's oldest and tiniest sects, the Samaritans trace their roots to the ancient Israelites. Tanya Habjouqa/Noor Images for NPR hide caption

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Arfan Najar, an archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority, introduces a replica of the Magdala Stone at the Magdala Archeological Park in Israel on Dec. 2, 2013. Li Rui/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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