Rediscovered in Cairo in 1890: a rare insight into the history of the Jewish faith and the Hebrew language

Torah Scroll Fragment

Middle East — Between the 8th and 12th century

Torah Scroll Fragment

Torah Scroll Fragment

Middle East — Between the 8th and 12th century

  1. This fragment represents one of the oldest surviving specimens of the Torah

  2. Originating between the 8th and 12th centuries, it was discovered in 1890 in Cairo

  3. The 115 x 50 cm fragment allows insights into the history of the Jewish faith and the Hebrew language

Torah Scroll Fragment

Alternative Titles:
  • Torah Scroll Fragment
Torah Scroll Fragment – Library of London School of Jewish Studies (London, United Kingdom)
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Short Description

This fragment of a Torah scroll represents a special treasure for lovers of Judaica: one of the oldest surviving fragments of a Torah scroll. This piece was discovered as part of a spectacular find in the genizah of the Ben Esra Synagogue in Cairo at the end of the 19th century. The fragment, whose provenance is still a mystery today, measures 115 x 50 cm and probably originated between the 8th and 12th centuries. It makes possible a journey through time, through the history of the Jewish faith and the Hebrew language!

Torah Scroll Fragment

This fragment of a Torah scroll represents a special treasure for lovers of Judaica: one of the oldest surviving fragments of a Torah scroll. This piece was discovered as part of a spectacular find in the genizah of the Ben Esra Synagogue in Cairo at the end of the 19th century. The fragment, whose provenance is still a mystery today, measures 115 x 50 cm and probably originated between the 8th and 12th centuries. It makes possible a journey through time, through the history of the Jewish faith and the Hebrew language!

Over a Thousand Years Old?

This historically significant witness of Judaism is stored the library of the London School of Jewish Studies, it is one of the oldest surviving Torah scroll fragments. The Hebrew text of the Torah can be read in gorgeous script on centuries-old leather. The fragment measuring 115 x 50 cm originated from the Middle East between the 8th and 12th centuries, but its exact provenance remains unknown to this day.

A Treasure from the Genizah

This significant Torah scroll fragment is the result of a spectacular late–19th century find. The genizah of the Ben Esra Synagogue in Cairo was undergoing renovations in 1890 when a real treasure of the Jewish faith and culture was discovered. In the genizah, a closed hollow space where Torah scrolls and other religious texts that are no longer usable are stowed, because they cannot be destroyed according to the Jewish faith. The genizah of the Ben Esra Synagogue had probably not been opened for eight centuries! The Torah scroll fragment of the London School of Jewish Studies makes this discovery impressively comprehensive!

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Torah Scroll Fragment
Size / Format
1 fragment / 115.0 × 50.0 cm
Date
Between the 8th and 12th century
Style
Language
1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Torah Scroll Fragment“

Torah Scroll Fragment Facsimile

Torah Scroll Fragment – Library of London School of Jewish Studies (London, United Kingdom)
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Torah Scroll Fragment Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Facsimile Editions Ltd. – London, 1998
Limited Edition
126 copies
Binding
Each facsimile is supplied float-mounted on acid-free mount board and set in an elegant polished wood frame in dark oak with a discreet gold insert on the inner edge. It measures 97 x 72 cm (38 x 28 ins) and includes a message from Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and a full description of the manuscript. Each facsimile is individually numbered on a brass plaque.
Commentary
1 volume
Language: English
More Information
Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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