The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible

The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible

by Chanan Tigay


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The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible by Chanan Tigay

In 1883, Moses Wilhelm Shapira arrived unannounced in London claiming to have discovered the world’s oldest Bible scroll in a desert cave east of the Dead Sea. With his phenomenal find, Shapira swiftly became world famous—but, just as quickly, his scroll was discredited as a clever forgery. With the discovery of the eerily similar Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, however, investigators reopened the case, wondering whether Shapira had, in fact, discovered the first Dead Sea Scroll, seven decades before the rest. Here, in a globetrotting narrative with all the suspense of a classic detective story, award- winning journalist Chanan Tigay sets out to find the scrolls and determine Shapira’s guilt or innocence for himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062206428
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 250,104
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Chanan Tigay is an award-winning journalist who has covered the Middle East, 9/11, and the United Nations for numerous magazines and newspapers. Born in Jerusalem, Chanan holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae xiii

Prologue 1

1 From Philadelphia to Jerusalem 13

2 A Bible and a Spade 35

3 London 57

4 An Epic Battle 83

5 Rotterdam 109

6 Sculpting a Civilization 117

7 Paris 135

8 Germany 147

9 The Antiquarian and the Murderer 173

10 Terra Incognita 191

11 Sydney 209

12 London Calling 235

11 From Paris With Doubts 247

14 Playing Defense 259

15 In Light Of Recent Discoveries 271

16 Burton-On-Trent 281

17 Mr. Sharp-Eye-Ra 301

18 San Francisco 313

Author's Note 333

Acknowledgments 335

Notes 339

Selected Bibliography 353

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