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Oldest complete scroll of Torah found

May 30, 2013
A scroll identified by Italian professor Mauro Perani as the world's oldest complete scroll of the Torah is seen in Bologna, central Italy, in this handout picture released to Reuters by Mauro Perani on May 29, 2013. — Reuters Photo
A scroll identified by Italian professor Mauro Perani as the world's oldest complete scroll of the Torah is seen in Bologna, central Italy, in this handout picture released to Reuters by Mauro Perani on May 29, 2013. — Reuters Photo
A segment from a scroll identified by Italian professor Mauro Perani as the world's oldest complete scroll of the Torah is seen in Bologna, central Italy, in this handout picture released to Reuters by Mauro Perani on May 29, 2013. — Reuters Photo
A segment from a scroll identified by Italian professor Mauro Perani as the world's oldest complete scroll of the Torah is seen in Bologna, central Italy, in this handout picture released to Reuters by Mauro Perani on May 29, 2013. — Reuters Photo
In this undated photo provided by Alma mater Studiorum Universita' di Bologna, part of a document that an Italian expert says to be the oldest known complete Torah scroll. — AP Photo
In this undated photo provided by Alma mater Studiorum Universita' di Bologna, part of a document that an Italian expert says to be the oldest known complete Torah scroll. — AP Photo
A segment of a scroll identified by Italian professor Mauro Perani as the world's oldest complete scroll of the Torah is seen in Bologna, central Italy, in this handout picture released to Reuters by Mauro Perani on May 29, 2013. — Reuters Photo
A segment of a scroll identified by Italian professor Mauro Perani as the world's oldest complete scroll of the Torah is seen in Bologna, central Italy, in this handout picture released to Reuters by Mauro Perani on May 29, 2013. — Reuters Photo

Perani, professor of Hebrew at the University of Bologna, said on Wednesday he has identified the world's oldest complete scroll of the Torah containing the full text of the first five books of scripture. He said experts and carbon dating tests done in Italy and United States put the scroll as having been written between 1155 and 1255.