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The Most Ancient Hebrew Bible Expected to Break Auction Records

February 16, 2023

NEW YORK – The oldest and most complete Hebrew Bible ever discovered, called a vital touchstone of human history dating back more than 1,100 years, is to be sold at auction by Sotheby’s in New York.

The ninth-century CE book, known as the ‘Codex Sassoon’, is the link between the Dead Sea Scrolls and today’s Old Testament. Its $30-50 million estimate makes it the most valuable historical document or manuscript ever to appear at auction.

Sharon Mintz, head of Judaica at Sotheby’s note that the Hebrew Bible is the sacred, foundational text for peoples around the world and that in Codex Sassoon, a monumental transformation in the history of the Hebrew Bible is revealed, bringing to light the full story of the Hebrew Bible that has never been presented in book form.

(Material from ANA/MPA is used in this article)

 

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