The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

May 15, 2012|
The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible by Matti Friedman
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Winner of the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

A thousand years ago, the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible was written. It was kept safe through one upheaval after another in the Middle East, and by the 1940s it was housed in a dark grotto in Aleppo, Syria, and had become known around the world as the Aleppo Codex.

Journalist Matti Friedman's true-life detective story traces how this precious manuscript was smuggled from its hiding place in Syria into the newly founded state of Israel and how and why many of its most sacred and valuable pages went missing. It's a tale that involves grizzled secret agents, pious clergymen, shrewd antiquities collectors, and highly placed national figures who, as it turns out, would do anything to get their hands on an ancient, decaying book. What it reveals are uncomfortable truths about greed, state cover-ups, and the fascinating role of historical treasures in creating a national identity.

Matti Friedman’s 2016 book Pumpkinflowers was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and as one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of the Year. It was selected as one of the year’s best by Booklist, Mother Jones, Foreign Affairs, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize and the A...
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Title:The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:320 pages, 8.56 X 5.81 X 1.06 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 8.56 X 5.81 X 1.06 in
Published:May 15, 2012
Publisher:Algonquin Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781616200404

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