Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Aleppo Codex: A thriller?

I haven't seen this, but it looks racy. If it does anything to help us find the missing pages it's a very good thing:

The Aleppo Codex: The True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible


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.

Out on 15 May. Buy here.


  1. it's excellent. i reviewed it somewhere. i'm sure you can track it down.

  2. Ephrem's Syriac Commentary on the Diatessaron is another ms with significant pages still missing. Any chanche of someone undertaking another bit of detective work?