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Title: The First Notice of the Dositheans by Abu 'l-Fath bin Abi 'l-Hasan ad-Dinfi
Author(s): BÓID, I.R.M.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 65 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2008
This article is the second in a series on the textual and exegetical difficulties of the history of the Samaritans by Abu ’l-Fath bin Abi ’l-Hasan ad-Dinfi (A.F.). The first article (2005) was a study of the transmission of the Samaritan histories corresponding to the books of Joshua and Judges, with two sections on the manuscripts of this book and sets of representative samples of various categories of textual difficulties, with solutions to the samples. The articles are intended as Vorstudien for a future critical edition, whether by an individual or by a committee. Whether such an edition is brought out soon or next century does not matter for the present purpose. The immediate purpose of this second article in the series is to give an accurate Arabic text and accurate translation of the first notice of the Dositheans, with enough notes to justify the text and translation, to make the author’s intention clear, and to make his data useable. It is hoped that studies of other sections of text, including the second and third notices of the Dositheans, will follow. A study of the overall plan followed by Abu ’l-Fath when incorporating the disparate sources and their disparate chronologies is also planned.