‘World’s Oldest’ Torah Scroll Found in Italy

The world’s oldest complete Torah scroll has been found in a university archive in Bologna, according to an Italian professor who said Wednesday the text could be from the 12th century.

The precious lambskin scroll had been classified by the university library as being from the 17th century and was named simply “Scroll Number Two.”

But Hebrew Studies Professor Mauro Perani told AFP he noticed that the text did not conform to key changes in Torah writing brought about in the 12th century.

“I immediately thought it was much older,” he said, adding that it contained letters and signs that were banned by Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides in the 12th century.

The Torah was among around 30 Jewish manuscripts in the university library that Perani began to catalogue in February of this year.

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