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1500 year-old Syriac Bible found in Ankara, Turkey
National Turk ^ | February 23, 2012

Posted on 02/23/2012 2:20:02 PM PST by NYer

Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey

Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey

The relic was ‘rediscovered’ in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus.

Ankara / Turkey – The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript in the bible could be about 1500 to 2000 years old.After waiting eight years in Ankara the ancient bible is being transferred to the Ankaran Ethnography Museum with a police escort.

Ancient Bible will be shown in Ankaran Ethnography Museum

The bible, whose copies are valued around 3-4 Mil. Dollars had been transferred to Ankara for safety reasons, since no owners of the ancient relic could be found.

The manuscript carries excerpts of the Bible written in gold lettering on leather and loosely strung together, with lines of Syriac script with Aramaic dialect. Turkish authorities express the bible is a cultural asset and should be protected for being worthy of a museum.

Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey

Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic – the native language of Jesus – once spoken across much of the Middle East and Central Asia. It is used wherever there are Syrian Christians and still survives in the Syrian Orthodox Church in India and a village in the vicinity of Syrian capital Damascus. Aramaic is also still used in religious rituals of Maronite Christians in Cyprus.

Experts were however divided over the provenance of the manuscript, and whether it was an original, which would render it priceless, or a fake. Other questions surround the discovery of the ancient bible, whether the smugglers had had other copies of the relic or had smuggled them from Turkey.

Vatican eyes the faith of the ancient relic

The Vatican reportedly placed an official request to examine the scripture, which was written on pages made of animal hide in the Aramaic language using the Syriac alphabet.

The copy of the ancient Bible is valued as high as 40 million Turkish Liras ( 28 Mil. Dollars)



TOPICS: Catholic; History; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: aramaic; barnabas; bible; cyprus; easternrite; easternritecatholic; epigraphyandlanguage; faithandphilosophy; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; gospelofbarnabas; syria; syriac; syriaccatholic; turkey

1 posted on 02/23/2012 2:20:09 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
The Vatican reportedly placed an official request to examine the scripture ...

Odds are good they will call in the Maronites to examine the text, along with others whose liturgies are celebrated in Syriac/Aramaic.

2 posted on 02/23/2012 2:21:45 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: SunkenCiv

Of possible interest to your ping list.


3 posted on 02/23/2012 2:22:48 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Awesome!


4 posted on 02/23/2012 3:00:47 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: NYer
Gives new meaning to the term "leather-bound Bible".

Does your Maronite Church offer any kind of instruction on reading Aramaic?
5 posted on 02/23/2012 4:02:18 PM PST by Heart-Rest ("Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in Thee." - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer; zot; Interesting Times; SeraphimApprentice

Thank you for posting this article. It is a potentially great find (if not fake).


6 posted on 02/23/2012 4:39:44 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: NYer

I wonder if is really a bible or a copy of the Diatesseron which was very common in thie region and was written in Syriac by Tatian I believe.


7 posted on 02/23/2012 5:39:00 PM PST by circlecity
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To: NYer
I bet it's a fake. The Turks have had it for TWELVE years, at least. They ALREADY know it's a fake and that's why they are "releasing" it to the world.
If it WERE real, we would not know about it and it would be on the black market or somewhere OTHER than the public domain.

BALDERDASH!

8 posted on 02/23/2012 6:08:07 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: circlecity

The Wikipedia article on the Diatesseron says that there is no complete copy of the Syriac version. It should be easy enough to determine if it is the Diatesseron or the complete Bible—does it include the Old Testament, the letters of St. Paul, or the other books of the New Testament?


9 posted on 02/23/2012 6:26:25 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Please help me watch for further information about this Bible.


10 posted on 02/23/2012 9:09:19 PM PST by zot
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To: NYer

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks NYer.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


11 posted on 02/24/2012 3:46:36 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Heart-Rest
Does your Maronite Church offer any kind of instruction on reading Aramaic?

No. Our priest can read Aramaic but that's it. Those few chants we pray in that language are written phonetically. I believe there are some good internet sources for anyone interested in learning this ancient language.

12 posted on 02/24/2012 5:29:07 AM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: circlecity

If it were the Diatesseron that would be awesome (theologians get excited about strange things).

From the description, I wonder if it might be a proto-lectionary, copying out only those passages of scripture used at Mass.


13 posted on 02/24/2012 10:43:28 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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14 posted on 02/29/2012 8:36:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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