During a recent anti-smuggling raid, government officials in Turkey found and seized a Bible believed to be 1,200 years old.

The ancient holy book was captured Monday and is in frail condition, according to a Turkish news outlet. The fragile text is believed to be only 34 pages long with gold lettering bound in leather.

Authorities in Diyarbakır, one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey, said they seized the Bible from three suspects who were allegedly trying to sell the religious book. 

The dramatic raid was captured on camera:

The allegedly ancient Bible features images of both the Christian cross and the Jewish star of David.

According to Daily Sabah, the origin of the religious manuscript is unknown, though Diyarbakır is located along the Syrian-Turkish border. Turkey has recently become a primary destination for those smuggling faith-based antiquities from Syria. 

As a result, authorities in Turkey have become increasingly vigilant in their efforts to prevent smuggling and the illegal selling of artifacts.

Following this latest raid, city officials detained six suspects. No further information about the Bible is available at this time.


Date published: 09/02/2019
Written by: Tré Goins-Phillips
Article source: www.faithwire.com