Members of the ancient Samaritan community read from a holy book during the pilgrimage for the holy day of Passover at the religion's holiest site on the top of Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, early Sunday, April 20, 2014. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in the 8th century B.C.

Members of the ancient Samaritan community read from a holy book during the pilgrimage for the holy day of Passover at the religion's holiest site on the top of Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, early Sunday, April 20, 2014. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in the 8th century B.C.

Samaritanen. Eng. Samaritans. "The sacrifice of the Passover lamb is conducted annually on Mt. Gerizim, in Nablus (ancient Shechem), in the West Bank, by the Samaritans, a religious group that split from Judaism by the second century B.C.E. The Samaritans retained the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) as their Scripture, although with some alterations. The Samaritan Bible refers to Mt. Gerizim, not Jerusalem, as the center of worship."

Many assume that Jesus' Last Supper was a Seder, the ritual Passover meal.

Members of the Samaritan sect take part in the traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on Monday. Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters

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Members of the Samaritan sect take part in the traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on Monday.

The Samaritan high priest, Abdullah Wassef Tawfiq, stands with his brother Husney Cohen inside his living room with a home-made 'sukkah' made from fresh fruit for the holiday of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, in Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, on October 18, 2016. (Dov Lieber / Times of Israel)

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Samaritan worshipers insert their skewered Passover sacrifices into the oven during the ritual sacrifice, part of a Samaritan Passover ceremony on Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, April 23, 2013 (photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Samaritan worshipers insert their skewered Passover sacrifices into the oven during the ritual sacrifice, part of a Samaritan Passover ceremony on Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, April 2013 (photo credit: Yossi

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Samaritans on Mount Gerizim during Sukkot

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A woman from the ancient Samaritan community decorates a Sukkah made from fresh fruit for the holiday of the Tabernacles, or Sukkot, in Mount Gerizim

A woman from the ancient Samaritan community decorates a Sukkah made from fresh fruit for the Feast of the Tabernacles, or Sukkot, in Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, Oct.

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The Samaritans lift the Torah on Pesach (Passover) on Mount Gerizim.

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Samaritans sit in their living room with a home-made 'sukkah,' made from fresh fruit for the holiday of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, in Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus on October 11, 2011. (Miriam Alster/ FLASH90)

Samaritans sit in their living room with a home-made 'sukkah,' made from fresh fruit for the holiday of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, in Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus on October (Miriam Alster/

Members of the ancient Samaritan community hold up a Torah scroll during the holiday of Shavuot on Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus.

Members of the ancient Samaritan community hold up a Torah scroll during the holiday of Shavuot on Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus.

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A member of the Samaritan sect decorates a traditional hut known as a sukkah with fruits and vegetables on Mount Gerizim near Nablus. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

A member of the Samaritan sect decorates a traditional hut known as a sukkah with fruits and vegetables on Mount Gerizim near Nablus.

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