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 article was based on parts of the book. Responding to a complaint from my publisher, Algonquin Books, and from me, The Times has now revised the story and has published a correction making clear that the central finds reported in the story were first reported by me. The Times did an admirable job of fixing the mistake and I’m grateful for the magazine staff’s rapid and thorough handling of this matter.

The correction reads as follows:

Correction: August 3, 2012

An earlier version of this article omitted attribution for some new findings about the Aleppo Codex. A book by Matti Friedman, ‘‘The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible,’’ published in May by Algonquin Books, first reported that Meir Benayahu, the former director of the Ben-Zvi Institute, was suspected of stealing books and manuscripts from the institute. Friedman was also the first to publish the transcripts of the codex trial that began in 1958.


The updated story, with the correction, can be seen here.

A Q&A with me talking about my work on the Aleppo Codex story also went up Friday on the New York Times Magazine’s blog, The 6th Floor. Check that out here.