Posted on February 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
A potentially record-setting book is headed to auction.
The New York Times reports that the Codex Sassoon — a nearly complete Hebrew Bible written nearly 1,100 years ago — will be auctioned off in May.
It's estimated at $30 million to $50 million, which would make it the most expensive book or historical document ever sold.
A single scribe in present-day Israel or Syria wrote every single word on the roughly four hundred pages, according to scholars, and is missing only about five leaves.
The Codex Sassoon came about seven hundred years after the Dead Sea Scrolls, but only a few fragments of text from that period have survived — the Hebrew Bible was preserved orally during those centuries.
Read more about the Codex Sassoon and see images of it in the NY Times.
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