The Green Collection, overseen by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, houses many of the world's most significant biblical texts and artifacts. In fact, it has so many manuscripts that it has a team of dozens of scholars examining precisely what it has.
Today, Green announced that one of its holdings is "likely the oldest Jewish prayer book ever found, dated by both scholars and Carbon-14 tests to circa 840 C.E." Such a book is comparable to what the Book of Common Prayer is for Anglicans.
"This Hebrew prayer book helps fill the gap between the Dead Sea Scrolls and other discoveries of Jewish texts from the ninth and 10th centuries," Jerry Pattengale, who oversees the Green Scholars Initiative, said in a press release.
The announcement came today at the annual meeting of the Religion Newswriters Association, though research on the book won't be published until late 2014 or early 2015, in a volume titled Early Jewish Texts and Manuscripts. A few years ...1