Sep 18, 2014
By Michael Kramer
It’s being called “a treasure of the Jewish people.”
A museum in Jerusalem is exhibiting what it says is the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world.
The Bible Lands Museum says the prayer book – or siddur – has been carbon dated by three experts – to the first half of the 9th century.
It’s written in Hebrew, contains about 50 pages and is still in its original binding.
The relic has just gone on public display and was donated by Oklahoma businessman Steve Green.
The devout Christian is owner of one of the largest collections of rare biblical artifacts on earth.
He says he donated the priceless item because he wanted to “bring our love for the Bible to the land of the Bible.”
Green’s family plans to create a Bible museum in Washington.