Eat your coronary heart out, Indiana Jones.
Police in Turkey say they’ve seized a Torah scroll believed thus far again at the least 2,000 years — and have arrested 5 individuals suspected of illegally dealing in archeological finds, in line with the Jerusalem Put up.
Authorities appearing on a tip stopped and searched two automobiles in northern Samsun province, roughly 300 miles east of Istanbul.
The paper reported that the scroll was wrapped in a plastic bag and wedged contained in the pocket of a material bag.
If the age of the scroll is confirmed, it could be one of many oldest Torahs in existence.
However fakes have been discovered within the nation earlier than — in 2017, a purportedly 700-year outdated scroll was discovered to be a forgery, i24 reported on the time.
The oldest full Torah scroll nonetheless in use dates to across the 12 months 1250 and is within the possession of the synagogue in Biella, Italy.
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The oldest full scroll recognized to exist is within the assortment of the College of Bologna and dates to between 1155 and 1225.
Different Torah fragments, such because the well-known Useless Sea Scrolls, date to across the time of Jesus Christ