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Oldest Torah (Jewish Bible) found in Oldest University in the World

University Of Bologna

 

World's oldest Torah found in World's oldest University 
 
A remarkable discovery for what is surely a remarkable place: A version of the Torah dating back to the 12th century has been discovered filed in the wrong section of the University of Bologna's library. The historic document had been reviewed by a university professor back in 1889 and had been wrongly judged to be from the 17th century. The discovery was made thanks to Professor Perani, the head of Hebrew studies at the University's college in Ravenna, who was studying the document when he noticed  something strange in the writing and expressed his view that the writing was of Babylonian origin. Since he expressed his view many other experts worldwide have confirmed that they believe him to be correct. The final confirmation came from Carbon-14 dating that confirmed the manuscript to be of the 12th century. 
 
The document confirms a special relationship the Bologna has with the Jewish community. The pronunciation of Bologna in dialect has the same sound as the Hebrew for "where the Lord resides" and may explain why there is a thriving Jewish community in Bologna.
 
However luck also played a major factor as when a religious manuscript is damaged in time it must be destroyed, fortunately for the University and historians this is not the case with this Torah as it is both priceless culturally and as a piece of art. 
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