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Oct 06, 2011 13:36
Category: Religious News

Rare Bible manuscrips on display

     JERUSALEM (AP) - Bible manuscripts originating in the Jewish
community of Damascus, Syria, have gone on display for several
hours in Jerusalem, offering a rare glimpse at a collection that
includes books spirited to Israel before the ancient community
disappeared at the end of the 20th century.
     The parchment manuscripts are held at Israel's national library.
     Ranging from 700 to 1,000 years old and written in the Middle
East and Europe, they include meticulous Hebrew penmanship and
illustrations in ink and gold leaf.
     They are known collectively as the Damascus Crowns, "crown"
being a Hebrew term sometimes used to describe particularly
important and venerable biblical manuscripts.
     Until Wednesday, most of the collection had been displayed just
once before, more than a decade ago.