New York Times “6th Floor” Q&A

  Matti Friedman on the Unsolved Mystery of the Aleppo Codex By JOEL LOVELL  Ronen Bergman’s article in our July 25 issue on the Aleppo Codex was occasioned and informed by the recent publication of “The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith and the Pursuit of...

New York Times: A High Holy Whodunit

A note from Matti: On July 25th, 2012, The New York Times Magazine published a story on the Aleppo Codex, headlined "A High Holy Whodunnit." The article included several references to my book, The Aleppo Codex, but did not make clear to readers that the entire...

Weekend Bookworm review (Brisbane, Australia)

The Aleppo Codex is one of the books that is a struggle to classify. It is a great thriller, a fascinating piece of history, a captivating human drama and a beautiful study of religion and politics which will appeal to atheists and the apolitical alike....

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...