ISTANBUL: Turkish police made a shocking discovery as they were tipped that an ancient Hebrew Bible worth a million dollars was put up for sale on the black market.
The Bible had reportedly been brought into the country following the looting of a museum in Syria’s Aleppo.
In the operation conducted by Turkey’s Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Branch in the southern province of Gaziantep, units discovered the Bible written in Hebrew and on the skin of a gazelle.
It allegedly dates back to the time of Maryam (Virgin Mary), the mother of Jesus Christ (Prophet Isa in Islam) and is worth a million dollars.
Three people, whose names were not revealed, were taken into custody and are being questioned by the police.
The Christian Bible has two sections, the Old Testament, which is the original Hebrew Bible and sacred texts of the Jewish faith, written between 1200 and 176 BC, while The New Testament books were written in the first century AD by Christians.