LOS ANGELES, CA- The
Aleppo Codex is the oldest surviving copy of
the Hebrew Bible. Some experts believe all
versions of the Old Testament have been
derived from this version of the Bible.
On Monday, UNESCO recognized the Aleppo
Codex as a world treasure.
i24 reported that the Aleppo Codex has been
moved on several occasions and was ransomed
by the Jews of Cairo.
Sadly, 190 pages of the text, which composed
roughly 40 percent of its body, are missing,
including four of five books of the
Pentateuch, which is the first section of
books in the Bible called the Five Books of
The oldest surviving copy of the Hebrew
Five books from the last
section, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther,
Daniel and Ezra are also missing.
The Codex was kept in Aleppo, Syria for
hundreds of years until it was smuggled to
Israel in 1958 and was presented to Israel's
then-president Yizhak Ben Zvi, who allowed
it to enter the Ben Zvi Institute in
Though many historians believe the pages
were lost during the Codex's constant
moving, how the pages disappeared remains
Regardless of the mystery of the lost pages,
what is left of the Old Testament has had
its status officially recognized and is now
seen as a world treasure.