The Lost Book of Moses

The Lost Book of Moses

The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible

Book - 2016
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"After his father tells him the story of archaeological treasure hunter Moses Wilhelm Shapira, who, in 1883, committed suicide after the biblical scrolls he found were denounced by his long-time enemy, an award-winning journalist sets out to determine Shapira's guilt or innocence, in a modern-day mystery,"--NoveList.
In the summer of 1883 Moses Wilhelm Shapira arrived in London claiming to have discovered the world's oldest Bible scroll. Written centuries earlier in the barren plains east of the Dead Sea and stashed away in caves, the mysterious scrolls called into question the divine authorship of the scriptures, taking three thousand years of religious faith and turning them upside down. Before the British Museum could acquire them, Shapira's nemesis, French archaeologist Charles Clermont-Ganneau, denounced the find as a fraud. Six months later Shapira was dead; the scrolls vanished. Tigay set out to find the scrolls and determine Shapira's guilt or innocence for himself.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062206411
Characteristics: x, 354 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 29, 2016

Loved this book. A true tale of a search for what may be the original bible. In doing so the author does a fantastic job of explaining some biblical history while not coming across as all preachy. For anyone who has a) a religious bent of b) an interest in real life mysteries, not to mention far flung global destinations, this book is a must read.

arbolito Jun 09, 2016

Found this a fascinating tale on two levels, the story of the antiques dealer and his adventures collecting antiquities, and the story of what we know of how Deuteronomy came to be the last of the Books of Moses.


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