I am pleased to announce that The Moses Scroll is now available in a new and feature-filled Kindle version. This means that you can read it on any supported Amazon device or with the free Kindle App on iOS or Android.
I guess you could call me a bibliophile. I love books. As I type this blog post, I am surrounded by them. My library is filled with books of all sizes, in many genres. The shelves are packed with paperbacks, hardcovers, and prominently displayed in one special case with glass doors is a beautiful Sephardic Torah scroll. Admittedly, most of my books are related to the study of the Bible, but within this broad field are dozens of sub-categories.
Initially, I was not a fan of digital books. Bibliosmia is real, and most lovers of the printed page miss the smell of a good book when we download words into our handheld devices. Over time, however, I have come to appreciate the advantages of the modern eBook.
I used to sit for hours in libraries reading and researching or browsing the selections in my favorite bookstores (something I still enjoy), but the convenience of electronic books has become part of my reading experience. I love that I can simply go online from the comfort of my home or study and search for a book, and with the click of a button instantly purchase and download it to all of my devices.
The eBook has vastly improved since it was first introduced, and when a book is properly formatted for electronic publication, the available features make it hard to beat. I published the paperback version of my book on 24 February 2021, with the intention of releasing a digital version soon after. I am pleased to announce that as of 31 May 2021, The Moses Scroll is now available in paperback and Kindle.
The Kindle version provides some special features. First, the book is instantly delivered digitally to the reader’s device. There are plenty of eBook readers available as well as Apps for smartphones and tablets. These popular E-readers and Apps for iOS and Android devices provide the reader with options suited to one’s personal preferences. In settings, one can choose the page color, line spacing, font size, and style. The reader can search the text, highlight sections, and even create flashcards or add personal notes. Readers can choose between continuous scrolling and a simulated, page-turning animation that gives one the feel of a printed book. Readers of eBooks can mark their location with a bookmark and switch between synced devices with no need to remember the last page read on another device. The electronic book also provides the reader with estimates for the reading time remaining. To learn more of the features available in the Kindle edition, see the information here.
The Kindle edition of The Moses Scroll contains the text of the manuscript of my popular print edition, including footnotes and illustrations, but also allows the reader to set up the book according to personal preference.
The paperback sells for $25 and the Kindle edition is listed at $9.29 in the U.S. The paperback is available for free delivery with a Prime account, and the Kindle version is instantly delivered to your favorite device. It is also available in Kindle Unlimited.
About The Moses Scroll
In 1878, a Jerusalem antiquities dealer named Moses Wilhelm Shapira acquired a curious biblical manuscript consisting of sixteen leather strips. The manuscript, written in ancient, Paleo-Hebrew contained what appeared to be a form of the Bible’s Book of Deuteronomy but with significant variations. It was allegedly discovered by Bedouin tribesmen around 1865, east of the Dead Sea, in a remote cave, high above the Wadi Mujib (biblical Arnon). Shapira believed that his manuscript was both ancient and authentic. In 1883, he presented his scroll to the leading scholars of Europe. Newspapers around the world covered the unfolding story as scholars debated the genuineness of the leather strips. Ultimately the scroll was deemed a forgery and Shapira the forger. However, beginning in 1947, ancient scrolls discovered in the Qumran caves near the Dead Sea lead us to ask—were the critics wrong?
- The Moses Scroll documents the details of the entire saga based upon what we know today including a chronological telling of the fascinating story based upon 19th-century reports; an assessment of the genuineness of Shapira’s scroll;
- A new transcription of the manuscript as seen through the eyes of the 19th-century’s best Hebraists;
- And the author’s own translation of the original sixteen leather strips with a commentary and notes.