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"They recover ancient Aramaic Bible that was going to be sold by smuggling"

An ancient Bible handwritten in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, was seized by Turkish law enforcement.


An ancient Bible handwritten in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, was seized by Turkish law enforcement from a group of smugglers in the city of Kirikkale, 80 kilometers east of the capital Ankara.

..."An ancient Aramaic manuscript Bible made of gazelle skin with an illustration of the crucifixion of Jesus has been seized from smugglers in Turkey’s Kirikkale. The 26-page historical artifact is worth $13 million and is believed to date back to the Early Christian period of the 1st Century AD."

The gazelle leather Bible contains 26 pages with texts and illustrations of the crucifixion of Jesus and is believed to date from the early Christian period of the 1st century AD.




According to the Turkish state news channel TRT Haber, the Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime teams of the Provincial Gendarmerie Command had information that three suspects were looking for buyers to sell the historic piece.

The suspects were caught trading the Bible for $ 13 million. The object was seized during the search carried out on the individuals’ cars.

The Bible is under safekeeping while the investigation initiated by order of the Kirikkale Attorney General continues.

According to a report published on December 7, 2020 by International Christian Concern and Middle East Concern, Christians in Turkey do not exceed 0.2% of the population, with approximately 160 thousand inhabitants out of a total of more than 75 million.

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