17 Dec The Daily Herald review: Laura Wadley

December 16, 2012 The Dead Sea Scrolls we know, but who has ever heard of the Crown of Aleppo, in many respects a more important manuscript? Thanks to Matti Friedman's "The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible," the...

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28 Sep “Insights and Influence” podcast

On this episode of Insights and Influence, Dave Gordon interviews Jerusalem-based journalist and author Matti Friedman, who recently published The Aleppo Codex: The True Story of Obesession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible. In what Friedman describes as a “a true-life detective story,” The Aleppo...

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27 Sep Fall book tour

Beginning in mid-October, I'll be touring the U.S, beginning with appearances at two universities: October 24, 2012: Northwestern University, Department of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL, 7:30 PM October 25, 2012: University of Notre Dame,  Hesburgh Center for International Peace Studies, South Bend, IN, 12:30 PM After that, I'll be...

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12 Sep Jewish Ideas Daily review: Alex Joffe

The Aleppo Codex and the Ownership of Tradition  Sept. 12, 2012 The Torah belongs to all Jews and, indeed, to anyone who cares to learn and live its ways. But it is not transparent.  Copyists make errors.  Torah scrolls lack vowels, making pronunciation and meaning uncertain. Matti Friedman’s...

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07 Aug Radio West Interview

August 2, 2012 KUER Radio West (Salt Lake City) Interviewer: Doug Fabrizio Around 930 CE, the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible was written. Over the centuries, it was stolen by Crusaders, ransomed to Egypt and eventually found a home in Syria, where it was protected by...

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07 Aug Haaretz review: Stephanie Saldaña

And the codex was not consumed By Stephanie Saldaña, 06.08.12 Eight years ago, when I was living as a student in the Christian Quarter of Damascus, I would often wander across Straight Street to the Jewish Quarter of the city. Still known as Harat al-Yahud by the local residents,...

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