The Advocate review: Carole Anne Blitzer

In the city of Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee around the year 930 A.D., the swift scribe Shlomo Ben-Buya’a under the direction of the scholar Aaron Ben-Asher created a perfect copy of 24 books of the Old Testament in Hebrew. The...

Jewish Tribune review: Paul Shaviv

TORONTO – Toronto-born Jerusalem journalist Matti Friedman has published a cracking good yarn. If you like historical detective stories or mysteries, The Aleppo Codex is an excellent example of the genre – and it’s not even fiction. Anyone who looks into the history of the text of...

Maclean’s Review: Brian Bethune

Many medieval manuscripts have obscure pasts, but the Aleppo codex has a history that only became murky in the 20th century. A bound copy of the Tanakh (the Hebrew bible) more than a thousand years old, the codex was always considered the most authoritative representative...

ForeWord Review: Claire Posner

The Aleppo Codex is part historical exposé, part international thriller, and part meditation on the passions awakened by religion and religious artifacts. In this book, Matti Friedman carefully outlines the epic journey of The Crown of Aleppo, the most perfect copy of the Jewish Torah....

Hebrew Book Week, Jerusalem

I'll be at Liberty Bell Park in Jerusalem (Gan Ha-Pa'amon, for Hebrew speakers) signing copies of the (Hebrew) book starting at 8pm on Thursday, June 14. Come on down if you're in town...

The Wall Street Journal review: Benjamin Balint

Rival Owners, Sacred Text The story of how the most authoritative manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, spirited to Aleppo in the 14th century, found its way to Israel. By Benjamin Balint In Jerusalem, a gleaming white dome and a black basalt wall shield Israel's greatest treasures—not bejeweled crowns...

Q&A with The Jewish Journal

‘A window onto 1,000 turbulent years crucial to understanding today’s Mideast’ Journalist and author Matti Friedman discusses his new book, the Aleppo Codex, and the significance today for this often overlooked chapter in Jewish history. Shmuel Rosner We should first provide some explanation for those who haven’t yet read...

Radio Interviews

There has been a great deal of interest in the book from radio stations across the U.S. Here's a list of some times and stations for a few upcoming live interviews for anyone interested in tuning in: May 31, 11:30am ET: THE FRANKIE BOYER LIFESTYLE SHOW, WBIX/WXBR...