Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A university in Italy has discovered
what it said might be the oldest complete Torah scroll known to exist,
according to a BBC report on Tuesday.
The scroll was found in a library at the University of
Bologna. The report said the scroll was previously thought to be at most a few
hundred years old, but textual, graphic and paleographic examination of the
scroll, confirmed by carbon dating tests, determined that it was written around
800 years ago, between the second half of the 12th century and the beginning of
13th century (1155-1225).
A professor at the university was quoted as saying the
scroll had been mislabeled by a librarian in 1889. That librarian dated the
scroll to the 17th century, even though it was apparently much older.