a-rare-jewishprayerbookA prayer book considered to be the Jewish equivalent of an early complete edition of the Christian Book of Common Prayer has recently been discovered.

This rare Hebrew text dates back to the 9th century and predates the world’s oldest Torah scroll.  The book as 50 pages and is 4.3 inches long and 4 inches wide and an archaic form of Hebrew text is written on the aged parchment pages.

The prayer book is reported to fill the gap between the Dead Sea Scrolls and other discoveries of Jewish texts from the ninth and tenth centuries.

The pages are filled with 100 Jewish blessings, prayers, hymns and poems for various occasions  and discusses topics such as the apocalyptic tale o the End Times and the Passover Seder. Essentially what the Jewish community is in touch with on a daily basis.

The important find is historical evidence supporting the backbone of Jewish religious life.

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1 Comment on Jewish prayer book found to predate oldest known Torah scroll

  1. Jonathan M says:

    This is a nice write-up. What I like about this blog is the diversification. It’s so much more than a family history research blog.

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