A tribe living in Samaria, who objected to the building of the Temple by the Jews, and brought the matter to the attention of Darius (Ezra, iv. 9, v. 6, vi. 6). They had been transported to Samaria by Asnapper (Ezra, iv. 9). Their identity has not been fully established. It appears probable that the term has been misunderstood and designates in reality certain officials. See Apharsites.

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