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Thu November 15, 2012
November 16, 2012 | Culture | Rebroadcast

The Aleppo Codex

Around 930 CE, the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible was written. Over the centuries, it was stolen by Crusaders, ransomed to Egypt and eventually found a home in Syria, where it was protected by the Jewish community in Aleppo. Today it's in Jerusalem, but how it arrived there with nearly half the pages missing is a story of subterfuge, state cover-ups and even greed. Doug is joined by journalist Matti Friedman to talk about "The Aleppo Codex" and the role it played in creating modern Israel. (Rebroadcast)

Guest:

Matti Friedman is a reporter for The Times of Israel. He has also been a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and for the Associated Press, where he specialized in religion and archeology in Israel and the Palestinian territories. His book is called The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

Resources:

Explore The Aleppo Codex online at the Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem

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