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The Aleppo Codex The intriguing story of the quest to recover the missing pages from one of the world's most important holy texts: the 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible known as Aleppo Codex. Full description



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  • CD: 450 pages
  • Editeur : Highbridge Company; Édition : Unabridged (15 mai 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1611747724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611747720
  • Dimensions du produit: 13 x 1,6 x 14,9 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Par ALIEN le 3 octobre 2014
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Ce livre narre l'histoire, passionnante et, en bien des points, surprenante, d'un manuscrit hébraïque, ancien et fameux, conservé par la communauté juive d'Alep, en Syrie, livre sur lequel aurait travaillé le célèbre Maïmonide. Le coeur du récit tourne autour des malheurs de ce manuscrit, la perte d'une partie importante, survenus à la suite des émeutes anti-juives après la création de l'état d'Israël, évènements qui ont conduit en peu d'années à la disparition de cette communauté, autrefois prospère et influente. Malheureusement, l'auteur se perd dans des détails, trop souvent superflus. Une écriture plus ramassée aurait été plus percutante. Si l'auteur souhaitait mêler livre d'histoire et roman policier, c'est raté. Dommage !
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Hugely enjoyable and unexpected academic thriller - and it's true! 21 mai 2012
Par Paul Shaviv - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The genre of 'academic thrillers' - mysteries centred around old manuscripts or artefacts - has its following; in this case, however, the story has the added, great advantage of being true! Anyone interested in the transmission of the Hebrew bible -- the basic text of Western civilization -- very quickly comes across the work of the ninth-century grammarians and scholars, the Ben Asher family. Their work in establishing a 'standard text' (the 'Masoretic text') incredibly survives in a manuscript of the Bible written under the direction of Aaron Ben Asher. This actual book was regarded by Maimonides as the most accurate Hebrew text. It travelled around the MIddle East and finally came to rest in the synagogue of Aleppo, where it was kept guarded for centuries, and referred to as the 'Keter', or 'Crown'.

Following the establishment of Israel in 1948, it was removed from the synagogue; hidden; and finally smuggled into Israel in 1958. To safety. Well, no..... In this excellently written book, journalist Matti Friedman disentangles the murky story of how the codex was smuggled into Israel, and how it came to be in the possession of the government-sponsored Ben-Zvi Institute. But there is more, because he also disentangles the scandal that the most important part of the 500-leaf mss - the Pentateuch, or most of it - went 'missing' - almost certainly AFTER the book arrived in Israel. The missing pages have never been found. Matti Friedman points a (surprising) finger in a certain direction. This is a great read, combining scholarship, drama, espionage, money, scandal and even a body. In its pages you meet professors, statesmen, scholars, cheese merchants, rabbis, spies, eccentric millionaires and a further cast of characters.

My only complaint - it lacks an index. But if you enjoyed the award-winning Israeli film 'Footnote', also about the arcane world of Hebrew scholarship. you will love this book!
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A Book of the wonder of the shades of grey in which we live. 19 juin 2012
Par Jojobone - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Addling to the other marvelous reviews...

I take away from this book an understanding of the important historical events leading to the birth of the New Israel; I am ashamed to say that I was not as learned as I should have been about this important segment of world history; what led from pre-WWII to the birth of the Israels new home? The author brings deep understanding alive!

Researching, discovering and telling the story of the shadowy travels of the Aleppo Codex cloaked in secrecy by players of many levels takes on the mystery and excitement of a modern spy novel.

The author's style of carefully knitting the story of the mysterious codex travels with the world of politics and history (to amplify the story) makes it a completely satisfying tapestry.

Read this book, become smarter, and enjoy the process!
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Fascinating story 8 juin 2012
Par A. Rubin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a terrific account of the recovery of the Aleppo Codex, perhaps the most important surviving manuscript of the Hebrew Bible. The story of this codex is well known -- or should I say, thought to be well konwn. Friedman shows that much of the story surrounding this codex is false. He tells his quest for the true story in a very compelling manner. I highly recommend this book. It is far, far better than the other recent account of the codex, which now sells for over $100 on amazon.
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Interesting, But Not Quite Enough Material for a Book 23 décembre 2012
Par Gary L. Misch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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1. The Aleppo Codex, including its ancient and modern history, is worth reading about. You will learn more about it here than you will in Wikipedia, &c.
2. The discussion of the Israeli government's treatment of the sacred texts of North African and Arabian Jewish communities that were resettled in Israel is is a sidelight, but interesting. It's also illustrative of the attitude of the the secular Jews who founded modern Israel. They placed the culture of these ancient communities in museums, while pushing their people into the modern socialist framework.

Minus -

There simply isn't enough here for a book length piece. Too much conjecture, both on the part of the author and many of the interviewees. Overall, I'm glad the author took the time to do the leg work.

I bought the Kindle version.
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A Fascinating Read 3 septembre 2012
Par Asher Gabbay - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
One of the major differences between the Jewish Torah (the first five books of the Bible) and the Christian scriptures (the New Testament) is consistency. Whilst you can find hundreds of versions of the New Testament, some with major differences in the text, any two Torah scrolls from anywhere in the world will be virtually identical. The reason for this is the halacha (Jewish law) that prohibits reading from the Torah scroll if even the smallest of mistakes is found. As small a mistake as a broken letter (ink not properly joined) or two joint letters. The scroll is closed and is not read from again until the mistakes are corrected.

By far the most important and earliest manuscript of the Torah is the Aleppo Codex. Written in the 10th century C.E. in Tiberias, Israel, it is the most authoritative document when it comes to the text of the Jewish Bible, the Tanach. "The Aleppo Codex" ("תעלומת הכתר") by Matti Friedman is the story of this document.

The Codex was verified and annotated by Aharon Ben Asher, the last member of a dynasty of Hebrew grammarians, around the year 920. The Codex was purchased by a community in Jerusalem and later found its way to Cairo, after being ransomed from crusaders who stole it. The Rambam (Maimonides) himself used it, describing it as a trusted text. From Egypt it found its way to Aleppo, Syria, where it was guarded by the Jewish community there for centuries, hidden in a cave in the synagogue. In 1947, after the UN announced its partition plan for Palestine, rioters burned down the synagogue. From here starts a journey riddled with mystery and intrigue, a journey masterfully described by Friedman in this thrilling book. Parts of the Codex found their way to Israel, smuggled by a Syrian Jew, and today reside in Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem (named after the Israeli Prime Minister who helped retrieve the lost document). An electronic version of the surviving pages can be seen here.

This is a true story written as a thriller novel. A fascinating read.
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