The Lost Book of Moses

  • by Chanan Tigay
  • Narrated by Chanan Tigay
  • 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1883, Moses Wilhelm Shapira - archaeological treasure hunter and denizen of Jerusalem's bustling marketplace - arrived unannounced in London claiming to have discovered the world's oldest Bible scroll. When news of the discovery leaked to the excited English press, Shapira became a household name. But before the British Museum could acquire them, Shapira's nemesis, French archaeologist Charles Clermont-Ganneau, denounced his find as a fraud. Humiliated, Shapira fled the country. Six months later he was dead.
With the discovery of the eerily similar Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, investigators reopened the case, wondering whether the ill-fated merchant had in fact discovered the first Dead Sea Scroll decades before the rest. But by then Shapira's scrolls had vanished. Award-winning journalist Chanan Tigay set out to find the scrolls and determine Shapira's guilt or innocence for himself. The globetrotting hunt that followed vibrates with the suspense of a classic detective tale.
Weaving meticulous research into fast-paced storytelling, Tigay spins a remarkable tale of history and theology; intrigue and scandal; greed, ambition, and the struggle for authenticity.


What the Critics Say

"A work of broad appeal, for the history buff and mystery lover alike." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


It's easy to go on a treasure hunt if you're certain of the outcome. This journey, however, is the exact opposite. The twists & turns, blind alleys, disappointments and surprises make this a true adventure. I won't spoil the ending but I guarantee that it won't be what you are expecting.
If you have any interest at all in ancient manuscripts, you will love this book.
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- Deborah

kol hakavod chanan tigay!

great story and amazing detective work by the author, can't wait til they make a movie about the lost book of Moses!
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- Noah Weisz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio