Aleppo Codex In Pursuit of One of the World's Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books

ISBN-10: 1616202785

ISBN-13: 9781616202781

Edition: 2013

Authors: Matti Friedman

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In an age when physical books matter less and less, here is a thrilling story about a book that meant everything. This true-life detective story unveils the journey of a sacred text—the tenth-century annotated bible known as the Aleppo Codex—from its hiding place in a Syrian synagogue to the newly founded state of Israel. Based on Matti Friedman’s independent research, documents kept secret for fifty years, and personal interviews with key players, the book proposes a new theory of what happened when the codex left Aleppo, Syria, in the late 1940s and eventually surfaced in Jerusalem, mysteriously incomplete.The codex provides vital keys to reading biblical texts. By recounting its history, Friedman explores the once vibrant Jewish communities in Islamic lands and follows the thread into the present, uncovering difficult truths about how the manuscript was taken to Israel and how its most important pages went missing. Along the way, he raises critical questions about who owns historical treasures and the role of myth and legend in the creation of a nation.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 5/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

MATTI FRIEDMAN is an Associated Press writer. He lives in Israel.

Dramatis Personae
Introduction
Flushing Meadow
Aleppo
The Fire
The Swift Scribe of Tiberias
The Treasure in the Synagogue
The Jerusalem Circle
The Sack of Jerusalem
The Jump
The President
The Merchant's Mission
Maimonides
Alexandretta
The Brown Suitcase
The Trial
A Religious Man
Our Last Drop of Blood
The Book
The Keepers of the Crown
The Officer and the Scroll
Exodus
Aspergillus
Brooklyn
The Fog Grows
The Agent's Ivestigation
The Collector
The Magicians
A Deal at the Hilton
Room 915
Money
The Missing Pieces
Silo
The Institute
Bahiyeh
Acknowledgments
Notes on Sources
Photo Credits
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