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 time of 1883, Moses Wilhelm Shapira—archaeological treasure hunter and inveterate social climber—showed up unannounced in London claiming to have stumbled on the oldest replica of the Bible within the world.
But sooner than the museum may well pony up his £1 million asking rate 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 useless Sea Scrolls have been stumbled on. Noting the similarities among those and Shapira’s scrolls, students made efforts to re-evaluate Shapira’s case, however it used to be too past due: the first piece of proof, the parchment scrolls themselves had mysteriously vanished.
Tigay, journalist and son of a well known Biblical student, used to be galvanized by way of this abnormal tale and this indecipherable guy, and have become decided 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 remains to be spoke of within the current demanding as a “Naughty boy”. He wades into museum storerooms, musty English attics, or even the Jordanian gorge the place the scrolls have been stated to were came across all in a tireless attempt to discover the reality concerning the scrolls and approximately Shapira, himself.
At as soon as old drama and modern day mystery, The misplaced booklet 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 ebook 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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