1,000-year-old gold-embossed Jewish books seized in Turkey

Gold-embossed parchment manuscripts written in Hebrew that are believed to be about 1,000-years-old were seized by police in the city of Mardin in southeastern Turkey after they were illegally imported.

Video and pictures of the books shared by the Mardin Provincial Police Department showed drawings of animals such as an owl, deer, scorpion and bull surrounded by Hebrew writing, although it is unclear if the books were written in Hebrew or in another language or dialect which used Hebrew characters, such as Judeo-Arabic.

The police announcement identified the four books and one scroll as Torahs.
The books and the case in which the scroll was kept were all adorned with the Star of David and one of the books also had a menorah on its cover.

One suspect has been arrested in the case.


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