By Chanan Tigay
One man’s quest to discover the oldest Bible scrolls on the earth and discover the tale of the bright, doomed antiquarian accused of forging them.
In the summer season of 1883, Moses Wilhelm Shapira—archaeological treasure hunter and inveterate social climber—showed up unannounced in London claiming to have chanced on the oldest reproduction of the Bible within the world.
But earlier than the museum may possibly pony up his £1 million asking fee for the scrolls—which discovery referred to as into query the divine authorship of the scriptures—Shapira’s nemesis, the French archaeologist Charles Clermont-Ganneau, denounced the manuscripts, turning the general public opposed to him. Distraught over this humiliating public rebuke, Shapira fled to the Netherlands and dedicated suicide.
Then, in 1947 the lifeless Sea Scrolls have been stumbled on. Noting the similarities among those and Shapira’s scrolls, students made efforts to reassess Shapira’s case, however it was once too past due: the first piece of facts, the parchment scrolls themselves had mysteriously vanished.
Tigay, journalist and son of a popular Biblical student, was once galvanized through this unusual tale and this indecipherable guy, and have become made up our minds to discover the scrolls. He units out on a quest that takes him to Australia, England, Holland, Germany the place he meets Shapira’s nonetheless aggrieved descendants and Jerusalem the place Shapira continues to be mentioned within the current annoying as a “Naughty boy”. He wades into museum storerooms, musty English attics, or even the Jordanian gorge the place the scrolls have been acknowledged to were discovered all in a tireless attempt to discover the reality in regards to the scrolls and approximately Shapira, himself.
At as soon as ancient drama and modern day mystery, The misplaced e-book of Moses explores the nineteenth-century disappearance of Shapira’s scrolls and Tigay's globetrotting hunt for the traditional manuscript. because it follows Tigay’s path to the reality, the booklet brings to gentle a flamboyant, romantic, devious, and finally tragic character in a narrative that vibrates with the suspense of a vintage detective tale.
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