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The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible (utgåvan 2016)

av Chanan Tigay (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
Författare:Chanan Tigay (Författare)
Info:Ecco (2016), 368 pages
Samlingar:SoCo Library, Non-Fiction
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The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible av Chanan Tigay

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Wavering between 3 and 4 stars. Rounding up to 4 because I suspect I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd read rather than listened – the author reads in my Audible recording and does an excellent job, but my listening/walking periods have been sporadic lately and I kept losing the train of the narrative. So, reader-fail. On the other hand, the story never became compelling enough that I was “drop-everything” eager to get to it, so maybe it wasn't just me.

Anyway, this is a story-within-a-story, and, while not exactly thrilling (I notice that some reviewers felt that it was “Indiana Jones-like.” My memories of Indiana Jones may be off, but I recall lots danger and action, rather than extensive library research and meetings. Still, there is a search for an Ark of the Covenant era artifact, and lots of antisemitism, if no Nazis, so...) it is interesting. Except when it gets repetitive. The story is about the hunt by our author, Chanan Tigay, for the leather strips, lost at the end of the 19th century, purported by their “discoverer”, Moses Shapira, to be the oldest copy of Deuteronomy. Along with the tale of his search, he tells Moses Shapira's story, debating the question of whether Shapira was the brilliant creator of a clever hoax, the persecuted victim of antisemitic prejudice, or the maligned discoverer of an ancient treasure. Or a little of all of these. An intrinsic problem for Tigay's story is that we, his readers, would have noticed if news headlines had recently gone wild with the story of the discovery of a genuinely ancient copy of the Book of Deuteronomy and of a maligned antiques dealer. So we know right up front that Tigay isn't going to find the strips, have them analyzed using modern dating methods, and discover that they really are what Shapira suggested they were. So, our options are more limited and with less potential for thrills. Still, given this, Tigay does manage to maintain some suspense and to create a reasonably satisfying conclusion. The ins and outs of Tigay's hunt and of Shapira's intrepid efforts are fairly engaging despite the predictable outcome. ( )
  meandmybooks | Aug 30, 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.

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