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Chanan Tigay: The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible

(Nonfiction, 368 pp. 2016) 

In 1883, Moses Wilhelm Shapira—archaeological treasure hunter, inveterate social climber, and denizen of Jerusalem’s bustling marketplace—arrived unannounced in London claiming to have discovered the world’s oldest Bible scroll. Tigay, an award-winning journalist, follows every lead, no matter how unlikely, in his attempts to find the treasure and solve the riddle of the brilliant, doomed antiquities dealer accused of forging it.

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