A quest is under way on four continents to find the missing pages of one of the world's most important holy texts, the 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible known as the Crown of Aleppo.This story made me have two simultaneous, yet opposite, reactions.
Crusaders held it for ransom, fire almost destroyed it and it was reputedly smuggled across Mideast borders hidden in a washing machine. But in 1958, when it finally reached Israel, 196 pages were missing — about 40 percent of the total — and for some Old Testament scholars they have become a kind of holy grail.
Researchers representing the manuscript's custodian in Jerusalem now say they have leads on some of the missing pages and are nearer their goal of making the manuscript whole again.
1) Please, no more of that book. The bits we have now are quite enough.
2) Cool, I hope they find the part that makes it all make sense.
The truth is, no matter what they find, the churches of the world will either exploit it to their own ends or ignore it as apocrypha.