Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible Codex

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Jewish Publication Society, Jan 1, 2010 - Religion - 220 pages
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"In Crown of Aleppo, Hayim Tawil and Bernard Schneider tell the incredible story of the survival, against all odds, of the Aleppo Codex?one of the most authoritative and accurate traditional Masoretic texts of the Bible. Completed circa 939 in Tiberias, the Crown was created by exacting Tiberian scribes who copied the entire Bible into book form, adding annotations, vowel and cantillation marks, and precise commentary. Praised by Torah scholars for centuries after its writing, the Crown passed through history until the 15th century when it was housed in the Great Synagogue of Aleppo, Syria. When the synagogue was burned in the 1947 pogrom, the codex was thought to be destroyed, lost forever. That is where its great mystery begins. Miraculously, a significant portion of the Crown of Aleppo survived the fire and was smuggled from the synagogue ruins to an unknown location? presumably within the Aleppan Jewish community. Ten years later, the surviving pages of the codex were secretly brought to Israel and finally moved to their current location in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. "

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Tawil (Hebrew language & literature, Yeshiva Univ.) and Schneider, an attorney with serious interest in the Hebrew Bible, elucidate one of the 20th century's most intriguing biblio-mysteries: the ... Read full review


The Catastrophe of 1947
Origins of the Crown and Its Significance
The Crowns History from 11thCentury Jerusalem to 20thCentury Aleppo
The Quest to Save the Crown
The Disputed Crown and Its Restoration
The Future of the Crown

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Hayim Tawil received his PhD from Columbia University and is professor of Hebrew language and literature at Yeshiva University in New York. Tawil has published numerous articles in comparative Semitic lexicography and he is the author of the recently published An Akkadian Lexical Companion for Biblical Hebrew (2009). He is also the author of Operation Esther: Opening the Door for the Last Jews of Yemen, and in 2001, was nominated for the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights for his work in Yemen.

Bernard Schneider has a JD and a LLM in Taxation from New York University and a MIA from Columbia University and is a practicing lawyer. He has a long-standing interest in the Bible and represented the United States at the International Bible Contest in Jerusalem in 1983 and 1985.

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