Passages from the Bible are found BEHIND an 8th century Qur'an manuscript

Mail Online | 4/25/2018 | Harry Pettit For Mailonline
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Passages from the Bible have been found underneath the engravings of a 1,200-year-old Qur'an manuscript in an 'extraordinary' find.

The manuscript is the only recorded palimpsest - a document on which later writing has been superimposed - in which the Qur'an has been written over a Christian text.

Text - Coptic - Community - Egypt - Time

It is believed the original text was inscribed by the Coptic community in Egypt before it was overwritten at the time of the Arab conquest in the eighth century AD.

A collection of nine manuscript fragments will be auctioned in London on Thursday with a guide price of £80,000-£120,000 ($110,000-$170,000).

Discovery - Help - Scholar - Dr - Eléonore

The discovery was made with the help of French scholar Dr Eléonore Cellard from the Collège de France in Paris, who lauded the find as a groundbreaking discovery.

'This is a very important discovery for the history of the Qur'an and early Islam,' she said.

'We - Witness - Interactions - Communities

'We have here a witness of cultural interactions between different religious communities.'

Dr Cellard spotted the rare palimpsest while looking through the latest catalogue of the London auction house Christie's.

Listing - Fragments - Manuscript - Qur'an - Christie

The listing included fragments from a manuscript of the Qur'an which Christie's had dated to the eighth century AD.

The eagle-eyed scholar spotted faint Coptic letters layered behind the Arabic script and immediately contacted the auction house.

Scientists - Coptic - Text - Old - Testament

Scientists identified the Coptic text as coming from the Old Testament's Book of Deuteronomy - part of the Torah and the Christian Old Testament.

Christie's specialist Romain Pingannaud told the Guardian: 'Once you know it's there, you can only see it, it becomes so obvious. We missed it at the beginning.

'It - Fascinating

'It's fascinating, particularly...
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