Biella synagogue's Torah scroll oldest still in use

From around 1250, University of Illinois confirms

02 March, 18:17

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 2 - A meeting of a foundation for Jewish culture in Italy on Wednesday began with confirmation that a Torah scroll at the Biella synagogue is the oldest still in use in the world. Chairman of the council Dario Disegni made the announcement, noting that analysis by the University of Illinois had been carried out on an Ashkenazi Sefer Torah, the restoration of which was conducted by the sofer ('scribe', name given to those who can transcribe the Torah scrolls) Amedeo Spagnoletto.

    Carbon-14 dating was used to establish that the scroll dates back to around 1250, and is thus the oldest still able to be read in the possession of the Jewish community. Covering the announcement extensively was the Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane Pagine Ebraiche news. (ANSAmed).

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