OLDEST COMPLETE TORAH SCROLL FOUND IN ITALY

May 28, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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An Italian university has found what it says may be the oldest complete scroll of Judaism’s most important text, the Torah. The scroll was in the university of Bolona’s library but had been mislabelled. It was previously thought the scroll was no more that a few hundred years old – but carbon dating shows the text may have been written more than 850 years ago. The university says that in 1889 one of its librarians, Leonello Modona, had examined the scroll and dated it to the 17th Century. But on further examination it was discovered the script used was that of the oriental Babylonian tradition, meaning that the scroll must be extremely old.

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