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1,500-Year-Old Handwritten Bible Kept in Ankara, Ministry Confirms
Turkish Press ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012

Posted on 03/18/2012 11:25:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The minister of culture and tourism on Thursday confirmed media reports suggesting that a 1,500-year-old Bible that was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000 is being kept in Ankara today.

According to media reports on Thursday, the Bible was seized from a gang smuggling artifacts during a police operation in southern Turkey in 2010 and reportedly preserves its originality and many traces of the period in which it originated.

The gang was reportedly convicted of smuggling various items seized during the operation, including the Bible, and all the artifacts were kept in a safe at an Ankara courthouse. The Bible, which was reportedly kept at the courthouse for years, was only recently handed over to the care of the Ankara Ethnography Museum.

Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said on Thursday that the ministry has received a copy of Bible from the Ankara courthouse which dates back to 1,500 years ago and is thought to have been written in Aramaic, the language of Jesus. He said the Bible needs restoration and it will be opened to public display after this. The Turkish media reports also said on Thursday that the Vatican has requested that Turkey allow it to examine the 1,500-year-old Bible; however, the Vatican Embassy in Ankara denied the reports on Thursday suggesting that the Vatican had asked Turkey to examine the copy of Bible in Ankara.

The leather-bound Bible, which is said to be worth TL 40 million, was written on leather sheets and is now under protection as it is regarded as a valuable cultural asset.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; History; Religion
KEYWORDS: bible; smuggling; turkey

1 posted on 03/18/2012 11:25:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

So when are the muzzies going to burn it?


2 posted on 03/18/2012 11:47:47 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hand written....duh


3 posted on 03/19/2012 1:10:15 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bkopto

I do not think that Muslims in general would burn Bibles. It is a holy book to them. Its just that to them the Koran supersedes the Bible where applicable. Someone correct me if I am wrong.


4 posted on 03/19/2012 1:12:55 AM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: ColdSteelTalon
The Bible is only a holy book to muslims spouting their usual public lies to unwashed westerners - they burn churches all the time and all the contents therein including bibles and congregants. Just try to find one in Kososvo today. Plus the Grand Mufti has just called for the destruction of all churches in the Middle East.
5 posted on 03/19/2012 3:14:37 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping just for index purposes - I think this has been mentioned before.


6 posted on 03/19/2012 4:37:12 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: nickcarraway

Weren’t ALL Bibles “hand-written” until Gutenberg invented movable type?


7 posted on 03/19/2012 10:29:06 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: ColdSteelTalon

Isn’t the Bible illegal to possess in Saudi Arabia. Didn’t General McChrystal confiscate every Bible the U.S. forces in Afghanistan had and burn them in the last 2 years?


8 posted on 03/19/2012 11:23:34 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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