Who Were the Samaritans?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 12, 2020 9:12:44 PM ET

The Samaritans were an ancient Semitic people who occupied Samaria as early as 700 B.C. Samaria lies north of Judea and south of Galilee. The Samaritans claimed to be the remnants of early Hebrew tribes, and the Israelites and Samaritans felt contempt toward one another.