Turkish police intercept sale of ancient Torah scroll

By JTA
December 30, 2012 23:22

 
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Police in Turkey arrested four people who allegedly attempted to sell an ancient Torah scroll, Turkish media reported.

The private broadcaster NTV reported that the Torah scroll was made of leather and its sellers claimed it was nearly 2,000 years old. The suspects, who were identified only by their initials, were arrested in the Mediterranean province of Adana, the report said.

The oldest known complete version of the Torah is the Leningrad Codex, which dates back to the early 11th century CE.

One of the suspects reportedly said he and the others came to possess the scroll after buying it from an antique store.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident and sent the scroll for inspection, NTV reported.

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