Sunday, September 13, 2009

An 18th century account of the Aleppo Codex

The Aleppo Codex being, theoretically, the most important Hebrew Bible manuscript. The following short notice appeared in a book from 1756 called The Natural History of Aleppo by Alexander Russell:

All it does, of course, is whet the appetite.

Below is the passage referred to in the description of Pietro della Valle, who is famous for acquiring the first copies of the Samaritan Pentateuch and bringing them to Europe. The excerpt below is from a 1665 translation from Italian of his travel diary called The travels of Sig. Pietro della Valle, a noble Roman, into East-India and Arabia Deserta:

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