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I thought that it would be a book about the contents of the documents found in the Cairo Genizah. It actually is the story of how the documents themselves were found and the in-fighting about how they were handled, bought and sold, and found their way to all parts of the world. There are only a few excerpts from the actual documents, but they are mighty interesting.
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During a third year Hebrew class on the Dead Sea Scrolls I took note that the Damascus Document came from a genizah (a room in a Jewish synagogue where mainly worn scrolls and other writings are held) in Cairo. It was a cursory meeting with the Cairo Genizah of the Ben Ezra synagogue.
At long last, a book that brings the story of the discovery of this genizah and its treasure to the general listener/ reader! As far as I know this is the only popular academical book on this subject.
Rabbi Glickman does an excellent job of pulling the reader into the story. He gives an overview from its time of discovery in the 1890's (or... perhaps a few centuries earlier) to the current state of the genizah scholarship. This makes this books indispensable for both Jews, Christians and Muslims (not only Jews and Muslims, as the rabbi sometimes seem to imply.)
When it comes to the reading of the text, Rabbi Glickman's warm voice definitely more than suffices in bringing the intrigues around this discovery to life. However, it seems that he sometimes want to stop at a few awkward places in his sentences. I couldn't decide if he was trying to read to quick and them ran out of breath or if he had overcome a speech impediment. Yet it doesn't take away his warm-hearted invitation to the Cairo Genizah.
In summary, this book about the discovery and implication of the Cairo Genizah is long overdue. Rabbi Mark Glickman masterly immerse you in almost the next best discovery to the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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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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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