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The Aleppo Codex

Matti Friedman

24/02/2013
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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?

“The Aleppo Codex could be read as a thriller. It could also be read as a history of the Jewish people, or as a meditation on history and myth. This great book comes closer to containing everything than any book I’ve read in a long, long time” – Jonathan Safran Foer

Matti Friedman


Matti Friedman is a Canadian-Israeli journalist and a contributor to the New York Times op-ed section. Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel is his latest book. He lives in Jerusalem.

Deborah Kahn-Harris

Deborah Kahn-Harris is currently Principal of Leo Baeck College and co-hosts an intra-Jewish dialogue project with her husband, Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris. Her PhD, entitled ‘A Hammer for Shattering Rock: Employing Classical Rabbinic Hermeneutics to Fashion Contemporary Feminist Commentary on the Bible’ was completed during summer 2011.