The buyer was American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of the Jewish People, with the main purchase sponsored by former US Ambassador to Romania Alfred H. Moses.
According to experts, the codex dates from the end of the 9th – beginning of the 10th century, which makes it the first and most complete Bible of the Jews.
Sotheby’s auction house, which was entrusted with a unique lot, explains that in the Jewish tradition it was customary to convey divine teachings in words. So the “predecessors” of the codex were perhaps the Biblical scrolls, known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are inferior to relics due to the lack of verses, chapters, and punctuation marks.
The importance of the exhibition is also given by its almost perfect condition: almost 400 parchment pages are well preserved in the book, only a few of them have been lost. In the elaboration of the sheets the skin of more than one hundred animals intervened, and the weight of the Bible is about 12 kilograms.