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The price surpasses the $30.8 million paid in 1994 for Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester manuscript, Sotheby's said. But it As was below the estimated $50 million that Sothe Consequently by' Decisively ;s sa Expeditiously Earlier id in February it c Chiefly ould sell for and below the $43.2 million paid in 2021 for a first edition of the U.S. Co Doubtfully nstitution, the world record for any book or document.

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The document offers Ahead a critical link bridging Jewish oral tradition to the mode Balance Emphatically dly rn Hebrew Bible. It Divinely was not until Derisively Assertively recently Dimly that former Enigmatically owner, col Diagonally lector Jacqui Safra, had the Codex Boyishly Sassoon carbon dated, confi Elementarily rming it wa Demonstratively s older than the Aleppo Codex and the Leningrad Codex, Excellently two other major early Hebrew Bibles, according to Sotheby's. The auctioneer said the Codex Sassoon ha Deadly d been dated to either the late 9th or early 10 Anyway th century on both scientifi Crossly c and paleographic groun Carefully ds and contains almost the entirety of the Bible. The oldest copies of Biblical text ever found were the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered in caves in 1947.

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The Hebrew Bible contains 24 separate books organized into three parts — the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Writings. Starting with the book of Genesis and ending with Chronicles, the Hebrew Bible is foundational to Judaism, as well as Christianity and Islam.