Tuesday, January 15, 2013

19-century old Torah scroll--really?

There is a report here of a 'thrilling' scoop by police on Christmas day on a 19-century old "Torah scroll", which was being smuggled. Of course the date would make it rival DSS, but from the image the manuscript looks all wrong. The letter size is too big; the number of lines too few. Further comments on PaleoJudaica. Can anyone make out any letters?

3 Comments:

Drew Longacre said...

I blogged on an earlier report on this manuscript a few weeks ago.

http://www.oldtestamenttextualcriticism.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/another-forgery-from-turkey.html

The text seems to be pure nonsense in a late hand. A very poor forgery.

Tommy Wasserman said...

Örebro School of Theology owns one manuscript; it is a 19th century Torah scroll (not 19-century old).

Daniel Buck said...

Does it contain vocalizations or crowned letters?