As the earliest and most complete Hebrew bible extent - more than a millennium old - Codex Sassoon carries an incalculable influence as one of, if not the most, crucial religious sources to have been discovered from ancient times. Providing critical insight into the development and spread of Abrahamic civilizations, it imparts a nearly meticulous record of the canonical Hebrew Scriptures, the Torah, the Nevi’im and the Ketuvim.
“The Hebrew Bible is the most influential book in history and constitutes the bedrock of Western civilization," said Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, ANU’S Chair, International Board of Governors. "I rejoice in knowing that it belongs to the Jewish People. It will be preserved for generations to come as the centerpiece and gem of the entire and extensive display and presence of the Jewish story.”
Sharon Liberman Mintz, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist for Judaica, Books & Manuscripts, said: “For over a year, I have had the distinct pleasure of researching and studying this historical text, and I am absolutely delighted by the monumental result and that Codex Sassoon will shortly be making its grand and permanent return to Israel, on display for the world to see.”