Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible Codex
"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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Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible CodexUser Review - Anthony J. Elia - Book Verdict
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