Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible, by Matti Friedman, is an compelling story of the fate of the oldest bible, the Aleppo Codex, and its vicissitudes through the ages.
Despite The Da Vinci Code type salaciousness of the title, Friedman is telling a true story, with an interesting cast of characters who span continents, languages and motivations. In places, Friedman appears to push the mysterious angle a bit much, but in this publishing climate, who can blame him.
It is difficult to write a book about a book and hold the public's sustained interest. Friedman has done an excellent job at both.