Hebrew Bible, the book of Nehemiah

When sacred books and scrolls became damaged and were no longer fit for use they were placed in the Genizah chamber. These two leaves from a small, personal copy of the Bible were written by a scribe called Joseph in Du Gunbadan in Iran. This Bible – the oldest dated medieval Hebrew manuscript – travelled far before it was eventually deposited in the Genizah.

Du Gunbadan, Iran, 903–4 CE

Hebrew, parchment

T-S NS 246.26.2