Italy: Oldest Torah Scroll Still in Use Discovered
“This is exciting news that is of extraordinary importance for Italian Judaism.”
A Torah scroll from the synagogue in the northern Italian town of Biella has been identified as probably the oldest in the world still owned and used by a Jewish community.
Dario Disegni, the president of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Italy, told a meeting of the foundation board in Rome on Wednesday that Carbon 14 dating carried out by the Geochronology Laboratory of the University of Illinois put the date of the scroll at around 1250.
“This is exciting news that is of extraordinary importance for Italian Judaism,” he said.
The scroll, which since 2012 had undergone restoration on behalf of the foundation by an Italian scribe, or sofer, will be returned to the Biella synagogue at a ceremony on Sunday.
The scroll was one of several ancient Torah scrolls examined by experts in 2012 and then chosen as the one best suited for restoration. It was believed
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