Matti Friedman: The Aleppo Codex: A True Tale of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

(Nonfiction, 320 pp. 2012)

The 10th century Aleppo Codex, named for the Syrian city in which it was kept, is considered the most accurate manuscript of the Hebrew Bible. However, a large portion of it went missing in the mid-20th century. Investigative journalist Friedman's account of the document's strange path over time feels like a detective thriller, with equal parts history and mystery, conspiracy and convolutions.

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