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Matti Friedman

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Matti Friedman has been a correspondent for the Associated Press, where he specialised in religion and archaeology in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and for the Jerusalem Report. He currently writes for the Times of Israel. He grew up in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.

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2013

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Chair: Deborah Kahn-Harris

Matti Friedman investigates the fate of a coveted 1,100-year-old Bible manuscript that was hidden in a Syrian synagogue for 600 years. He discussed the journeys of The Aleppo Codex -- for Jews of faith the singular and perfect version of the divine word -- and addressed two modern-day mysteries: How did it move from a dark grotto in Syria to Jerusalem in the 1950s? And what happened to 200 missing pages, 40 per cent of the total, which have been sought by scholars and collectors for decades?

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Video

 
Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.