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Turkish Authorities Recover 1,100 Year Old Tanach From Smugglers

(JNS) Working on a tip, Turkish authorities recovered 101 Roman- and Byzantine-era coins and an “1,100-year-old Bible written in Hebrew,” which smugglers sought to sell, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported earlier this month.

The 28-page manuscript is “written in Hebrew on leather and papyrus paper” and is valued at $500,000, the news agency claimed. If the dating is accurate, it would be roughly as old as the Sassoon Codex, which Sotheby’s recently sold for $38.1 million (including buyer’s premium).

An article in Al-Monitor, which referred to the medieval manuscript as “ancient,” quoted an unnamed official of the Turkish cultural ministry, which now has custodianship of the manuscript. “An inspection of the manuscript was underway” and “it wasn’t immediately clear whether text was written in ancient Hebrew or Aramaic, which can look similar,” the publication reported.

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