The University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom has digitized a 2,000-year-old copy of the 10 Commandments from the Torah, and it is now available to view free of charge on their digital library website.
L’Université de Cambridge au Royaume Uni a numérisé un papyrus de 2000 ans comportant une copie des 10 commandements de la Torah, qui est maintenant disponible gratuitement sur le site Web de leur bibliothèque numérique.
Part of the Hebrew Manuscripts Collection.
The Nash Papyrus is a second-century BCE fragment containing the text of the Ten Commandments followed by the Šema?. Prior to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls it was the oldest known manuscript containing a text from the Hebrew Bible. The manuscript was originally identified as a lectionary used in liturgical contexts, due to the juxtaposition of the Decalogue (probably reflecting a mixed tradition, a composite of Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5) with the Šema? prayer (Deuteronomy 6:4-5), and it has been suggested that it is, in fact, from a phylactery (tefillin, used in daily prayer). Purchased from an Egyptian dealer in antiquities in 1902 by Dr Walter Llewellyn Nash and presented to the Library in 1903, the fragment was said to have come from the Fayyum.
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