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The Aleppo Codex

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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. Thursday, Doug is joined by journalist Matti Friedman to talk about "The Aleppo Codex" and the role it played in creating modern Israel.

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

Music:

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.