Israel’s latest treasures

It’s no secret that Israel is an archaeological gold mine, with dozens if not hundreds of sites scattered all over the small country. But the last year has seen some amazing discoveries, and a new one has just been found.

The oldest recorded Siddur – jewish prayer book – has been discovered, dating back to AD 840. The writing in the book has Babylonian vowel pointing, which points to the books existence being in the times of the Geonim – Talmudic leaders in the Middle Ages.

This find succeeds two other massive finds in Israel this year, after the discoveries of the oldest Torah Scroll (from the 12th century), and the Golden medallion with a Menorah (candelabra) etched into it, dating back 1400 years.

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It goes without saying that there is most likely some more huge finds to come!


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