The Story of a 1,500-Year-Old Egyptian-Jewish Papyrus

November 30, 2023 | Matti Friedman
About the author: Matti Friedman is the author of a memoir about the Israeli war in Lebanon, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War (2016). His latest book is Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel (2019).

Last week, I recommended a fascinating video about a marriage document belonging to one of the Jewish soldiers in the Persian army who were stationed in Egypt in the 5th century CE. The document is one of many historical Egyptian artifacts in Moscow’s Pushkin Museum. Today, I’m recommending another video from the same series, about another item from the same collection: a papyrus dating from the 6th or 7th century CE, written in Hebrew, describing the Temple service on Yom Kippur. Matti Friedman tells its story. (Video, 6 minutes.)

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