Hobby Lobby president purchases world's oldest Jewish prayer book

“This is the oldest Jewish prayer book known to exist in the world,” said Steven Green, the president of the retail chain Hobby Lobby, on the purchase of a 9th century parchment manuscript. Green, a collector of religious artifacts, plans to donate the book, along with his collection to the new Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

The 50-page book is several hundred years older than the earliest known Torah scrolls, and features early Babylonian vowels, which are a precursor to modern Hebrew vowels. The book includes prayers for the Sabbath, as well as the 100 blessings commonly said by some Jews daily.