“1,200-Year-Old Jewish Prayer Book Is Unveiled”

The world's oldest Jewish prayer book Credit Green Collection

The world’s oldest Jewish prayer book? Credit Green Collection

My article about what might be the oldest Jewish prayer book appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.

AUSTIN, TEX. — A 1,200-year-old parchment Jewish prayer book that is billed as the oldest in existence was introduced Sept. 27 by a prominent private collector of Biblical artifacts.

The complete 50-page book with original 13-by-10 centimeter binding features early Babylonian vowels, which are a precursor to modern Hebrew vowels. Those, along with Carbon-14 dating, helped scholars arrive at the 9th-century date, which would make the prayer book several hundred years older than the oldest Torah scrolls, although later than the Dead Sea Scrolls…


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