Archaeology

Codex Aleppo

Date: ca. 930

The Codex Aleppo is even older than the Codex Leningradensis. This Codex was written around the year 930, on fine parchment. It is written by a copyist of the Asher family in a beautiful regular handwriting. It was preserved for centuries in the oldest synagogue of Aleppo, Syria. It was kept there, hidden because of the superstitious apprehension that research workers would profane the codex. Originally it also contained the complete Old Testament, written on 760 pages, but after a fire, in the previous century, approximately one fourth is lost. Nowadays the manuscript is in Israel. God’s name is frequently used in the Codex, in the form of the Tetragrammaton.

 

(Phptp: public domain - see Wikimedia Commons)

 

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