(Israel National News) The world’s oldest complete Torah scroll has been found in a university archive in Bologna, according to an Italian professor who said the text could be from the 12th century.

The precious parchment scroll had been classified by the university library as being from the 17th century and was named simply “Scroll Number Two”.

However, Hebrew Studies professor Mauro Perani told the AFP news agency on Wednesday he noticed that the text did not conform to key changes in Torah writing brought about in the 12th century.

“I immediately thought it was much older,” he said, adding that it contained letters and signs that were banned by Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides in the 12th century.

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