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Historic Scroll Severed by Warfare Reunited Through Professor’s Quest

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jul 3, 2019
 

Paul Mirecki found himself in the middle of an Indiana Jones-style quest involving looted antiquities.

It began with half of a Torah scroll (a handwritten copy of the holiest book in Judaism) dated to about 1750. Mirecki, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Kansas, studied this artifact, which is housed at KU’s Spencer Research Library. Then he wondered what happened to the other half.

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