The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman First line: “In the summer of 2008, in a dark underground room at Israel’s national museum in Jerusalem, I encountered one of the most important books on earth.” This may look like a sequel to The Da Vinci Code, but...

‘The Aleppo Codex’ traces the history of perhaps most authoritative manuscript of Jewish Bible Matti Friedman, an Associated Press reporter, thought he’d found the perfect human interest story. Perhaps the most authoritative manuscript of the Jewish Bible, the Aleppo Codex, called the Crown, had been annotated...

Here's a list of a few upcoming public events linked to the publication of The Aleppo Codex: Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 pm: Politics and Prose, Washington, DC Tuesday, June 5, 11:00 am: Book signing, Book Expo America, Javitts Center, New York Tuesday, June 12, 8:30 pm: Book signing, Book...

An ancient and priceless book, a murky history of evasions and coverups, an underground of sinister and possibly violent dealers, a former spy who drops tantalizing hints and a wily 84-year-old millionaire who says stuff like, “The problem with this story is that it could...

Matti Friedman’s The Aleppo Codex is not, by his own admission, the book he set out to write. What began as a glimmering of interest evolved quickly into a web of mystery, intrigue, and unanswered questions as Friedman mined the story behind the legendary “Crown...

Written in the tenth century, the Aleppo Codex is the most accurate copy of the Hebrew Bible. Named for the Syrian city in which it was kept, the codex is also known as the Crown of Aleppo and was said to protect those who cared...

Friedman gives a masterful account of a major religious document, housed with the better known Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem’s Shrine of the Book. The Aleppo Codex, a volume of parchment folios written in Tiberius circa 930 C.E., is considered the most accurate text of...