Italian university finds 'world's oldest Torah scroll'

May 29, 2013 02:37


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The University of Bologna in Italy has found what it claims is the oldest complete Torah scroll, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

It was previously believed the scroll was no more than a few hundred years old, but carbon dating tests found that the scroll is said to have been written more than 850 years ago, the BBC reported.

The script used in the scroll was that of the oriental Babylonian tradition. It also contains features forbidden in later copies under rules laid down by the scholar Maimonides in the 12th century, the university said.

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