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AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The 9th century prayerbook -- a rare complete codex in its original tan-colored binding -- includes a listing of the 100 Benedictions, or blessings some observant Jews say daily.

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  1. Lauren: Is there a link to a scholarly article on this? Perhaps something that outlines it’s contents (or even translates them)? Depending on what Biblical texts are referenced in this prayer book, it seems like it would be a major discovery to cross reference with extant copies of the Hebrew Bible.

    • Lauren Markoe

      Lauren Markoe

      Article author

      I believe research on the book will be released in the next year or so, but not much on its contents was released to the press yesterday, though many of us at the announcement asked.

  2. Yeah, that should be CE, not BC. For reals…

    And, really, you can’t let organizations like this have the final word on the authenticity of artefacts like this–you should get input from scholars.

  3. As a very fortunate billionaire, you obviously can spend your money on whatever you want. However, using your money for charity, (especially feeding, clothing and housing the poor,) would be more in line with Jesus’ teaching than buying rare Jewish artifacts for a Bible museum. Do you remember what he said about rich men?

  4. It is highly doubtful that someone as Anti-Semitic as David Green cares to preserve the history of the Jewish history. He has made that clear my forbidding any of his stores from carrying Hanukkah merchandise.

  5. I HAVE INVESTIGATED THE SITUATION AND BELIEVE THE COMMENTS ON THE BLOG TO BE HERESAY. THE COMPANY TOLD ME THEY ARE CONSIDERING BRINGING IN JEWISH ITEMS. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    The Hobby Lobby craft store chain, which has a borough location, has responded to accusations of anti-Semitism in the face of policy not to sell Hanukkah and other Jewish holiday items because of owner Peter Green’s “Christian values.”

    The situation drew national attention when a Jewish shopper from Monmouth County blogged about his experience after his wife was told by an employee in the Marlboro location, “We don’t cater to you people.” Blogger Ken Berwitz then was told that the items aren’t stocked “Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.”

    The blog was published on Sunday, and the next day Hobby Lobby issued the following statement, “Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is currently working with our buyers over our merchandise selection. Due to multiple customer requests, we are currently evaluating our Holiday items and what we will carry in the future. Alleged comments made by employees are currently being investigated and will be addressed accordingly. These comments are in no way indicative of Hobby Lobby culture, the owners and the operators. Marlboro is a great city and has wonderful people and we are blessed to be apart the community.”

  1. […] Liberty University in 2004, and $70 million to bail out Oral Roberts University in 2007.   Recently Steve Green unveiled what he called “the oldest Jewish prayer book ever found”  that he will add it to the collection of religious artifacts that will form the core of the Bible […]

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