The aleppo codex

Although I've been more of a non-fiction fan lately, this is where fiction has the upper hand; an author who's sticking to the truth can't really make a story more gripping than it is. The rabbis who answered the questions had consulted the Aleppo Codex, and they reported on the spelling and the division of portions in several places in the Pentateuch. Epic in its sweep, The Aleppo Codex features a fascinating cast of characters—all of whom claim the codex as their own. Along with this evidence are references to studies that deal with it.

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Twenty pages at the end of the Aleppo Codex, with the Masoretic annotations. It was back in when Matti Friedman, then a journalist with the Associated Press news agency, first wrote about the Aleppo Codex.

It fell into captivity during the Crusades and came into the possession of a Jewish community in Egypt. Many of them were not returned to their original owners. Retrieved sleppo December Only at the very end, as he sums up the tale, does Friedman let loose with an eloquent cri de coeur on behalf of this priceless but ill-treated cultural, religious, and scholarly treasure.

Just Add Love — cooking with your grandmother. The two fragments that were aleppp are described in this site, along with much testimony by rabbinical scholars who coeex the Aleppo Codex over the generations, inquiring and clarifying the way certain words were written or vocalized, or the way in which the poems and sub-divisions were laid out. The Syrian Jews, along with hundreds of thousands of the Jews in other Arab countries fled for their lives, taking only what they could wear or smuggle out with them.

The story of the Aleppo Codex is told by Matti Friedman, an Israeli journalist through a variety of angles.

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It is evident that many government, agencies and Churches believe that the beliefs, dogmas and needs of the whole out weigh the rights, needs, beliefs of the individuals that make up that umbrella group. He stretched out his right hand. A corrupt people-smuggler at the Coeex border?

In its roughest outline this is indeed a book about a very old book but it is much more than that. Karaite marriage documents from the Cairo Geniza: The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman is a very smooth read.

Photograph of the rabbis of Aleppo from the early twentieth century — Shamosh, p. It looked like a tedious bit of history and I was imagining a dry, boring lecture about an old book. The right thumbnail was gnawed to the quick. Was it the director of the Ben Zvi Institute himself?

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Three pages from the twelve prophets — Amos 8: Friedman's investigative efforts support hhe version. Jun 27, Nina rated it liked it. W The Aleppo Codex is a thousand year old manuscript originally created to help Jews properly interpret their religious texts.

It was known that this copy of the Bible existed. When the Aleppo Codex reached Israel, and it was learned alsppo many parts of it were missing, the possibility was raised of surveying the writings of scholars who had consulted it and searching for copies of the Aleppo Codex or parts of it, or information about the text of the Aleppo Codex.

The Aleppo codex today is on display in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem -- or is it?

The murky world of the Aleppo Codex

But as he began looking into the history of the Codex in more depth, he discovered a story much more convoluted and sinister. Parts of the manuscript are discovered worldwide--black market sales that send portions of the Codex throughout Israel and the United States, South America and beyond.

In recent years, a great deal of evidence of this kind has accrued, and by using it, it is possible to reconstruct a considerable part of the missing information about the text of the Aleppo Codex. His findings suggest that in the book was seen whole, or nearly so--more than once--in the interim before the book ended up in a museum cldex Israel, and that, ironically, the Aleppo codex remained intact for centuries in the lands of Islam and was decimated only after landing in the hands of those who were supposed to protect it.

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On additional pages in the beginning and the end there are drawings in gold and colors. Three pages from Kings 2 Kings In the riots following the vote to create the State of Israel, however, its secure home was breached and the book thought to be destroyed.

It is currently on display in the Israel Museum.

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