The Aleppo Codex – by Matti Friedman Description:

The Aleppo Codex One of Booklists Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books [A] brilliant non-fiction thriller about an ancient copy of the Torah. Highly rmended. –Paulo Coelho author of The Alchemist [A] fascinating story. Dont miss it.–Daily Herald Weaving a millennium of Arab Jewish history with several versions of how the codex came to Israel Friedman details a mystery story full of ambiguity and obfuscation particularly by certain individuals connected to the Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem. Think of this book as a real-life version of Umberto Ecos The Name of the Rose. –Jewish Herald-Voice The story of the Aleppo Codexs survival which Friedman recounts in almost cinematic detail is as unlikely as it is astonishing . . . Friedmans writing shines most when he resurrects a time and a place now vanished . . . We read The Aleppo Codex expecting to be educated about a book lost but we are captivated by a world lost instead.–Haaretz Stirring . . . Friedman rightly sees the Codex as a valuable document and does diligent research to learn what happened to it especially to the missing pages. What and how he discovers reads like an intriguing mystery story that rivets the attention of readers who be eager to learn the outcome . . . He has ably brought to our attention a little-known episode in Jewish history that is eminently worth of our high regard. –The Jewish Post and Opinion An incredible story that involves greed subterfuge state cover-ups and the fascinating role of the ancient Hebrew Bible manuscript the Aleppo Codex in creating a national identity. –Utne Reader Three cheers for Matti Friedman . . . who in his first book got his teeth into a terrific story and investigated and reported it as thoroughly as possible . . . A highly readable deeply engaging balanced and nuanced pursuit of the facts . . . Friedman does an exemplary job of hacking his way through the various thickets that surround the Aleppo Codex. –The Jerusalem Report The Aleppo Codex is one of the books that is a struggle to classify. It is a great thriller a fascinating piece of history a captivating human drama and a beautiful study of religion and politics which will appeal to atheists and the apolitical alike. –Australian Broadcasting Corporation Brisbane Friedman tell his story in a knowledgeable succession of centuries of scenarios of human figures . . . Friedman follows the trail of the [Codex] pages like a bloodhound. –La Stampa (Italy) Friedman creates a riveting story one that the reader will have a hard time putting down. –The Advocate An engrossing read if you like history or mystery–both are in abundance here. –A Garden Carried in the Pocket Friedmans painstaking investigation of just what happened to the Aleppo codex–and when–is a fascinating account of the role of sacred relics in creating a national identity and also of the lure of old and treasured objects. –Macleans A superb work of investigative journalism that reads like a detective thriller. –The Wall Street Journal With a journalists nose for truth and a writers passion for eloquence Friedman The Aleppo Codex – by Matti Friedman