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The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, 15 mai 2012

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Hugely enjoyable and unexpected academic thriller - and it's true! 21 mai 2012
Par Paul Shaviv - Publié sur
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
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
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
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 great read, but know what you're getting 25 novembre 2012
Par J. Katz - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I read this book straight through in two days -- I literally couldn't put it down! It's a combination of a great story, thorough detective work uncovering surprising new information about an old mystery, and evocative writing.

I gave it four stars because I found this book lacking when it came to the codex itself and its importance. You will find only one, short chapter discussing the writing of the codex, and no discussion about *why* the codex is important for Biblical study, no discussion about textual analysis of the Bible, no discussion about variant texts and the establishment of the Masoretic text, and no mention of other important codices of the Hebrew Bible. In fact, there is relatively little information about the history of the codex before 1947 at all. I wouldn't call this a flaw --- the author just made a conscious choice to emphasize the travels of the codex after 1947. Readers should be aware of this, however, so they won't be disappointed as I was.
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