Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah

  • by Mark Glickman
  • Narrated by Mark Glickman
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code in an old Egyptian synagogue - the amazing story of one of the most important discoveries in modern religious scholarship.
In 1897, Rabbi Solomon Schechter of Cambridge University stepped into the attic of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt, and there found the largest treasure trove of medieval and early manuscripts ever discovered. He had entered the synagogue's genizah - its repository for damaged and destroyed Jewish texts - which held nearly 300,000 individual documents, many of which were over 1,000 years old.
Considered among the most important discoveries in modern religious history, its contents contained early copies of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, early manuscripts of the Bible, and other sacred literature. The importance of the Genizah's contents rivals that of the Rosetta Stone, and by virtue of its sheer mass alone, it will continue to command our attention indefinitely.
Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah is the first accessible, comprehensive account of this astounding treasure trove of documents and their discovery. It will delight listeners with its fascinating adventure story of why this enormous collection was amassed, how it was discovered, and the many lessons to be found in its contents. And it will inform listeners of how Schechter's find, though still being "unpacked" today, has forever transformed our knowledge of the Jewish past, Muslim history, and much more.

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What the Critics Say

"Glickman brings the colorful story up to date with information about the post-Schechter work, the dispersal of the genizah’s collection to other libraries around the world, and the efforts to preserve and digitize the documents so that scholars everywhere can use them. Anyone who loves books and history will relish this." (Booklist)

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Hidden History

Where does Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very interesting. I was enthralled by the Discovery of the Documents and the translations involved


What was one of the most memorable moments of Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah?

The story leading up to the actual Discovery of the Treasure in the Cairo Genizah.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The translation of many of the documents found, plus learning about early Jewish History


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

To learn about the friendship and tolerance of the Muslims and the Jews at that time.


Any additional comments?

Much detailed research went into this book. Many of these details provide credence to this discovery. The Narrator is superb and to be recommended

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- eunice

Boring performance

I love books on Judaism and had been desperate to read this book. I purchased it in paperback but became very ill so was unable to read. I was delighted to see it was on audible.

The narrator used a monotone constantly and I don't know if I even got past the first chapter. I won't be listening to any more. I just hope the paper version is better
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2011
  • Publisher: Rumsey-Natapov Productions, LLC