A QUEST IS UNDERWAY on four continents to find the missing pages of one of the world's most important holy texts, the 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible Known as the Crown of Aleppo.

Crusaders held it for ransom, fire almost destroyed it, and it was reputedly smuggled across Mideast borders hidden in a washing machine. But in 1958, when it finally reached Israel, 196 pages were missing—about 40 percent of the total—and for some Old Testament scholars they have become a kind of holy grail.

November 10, 2008

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