Guests who visit our exhibit will view the Torah scroll outside a display case and will hear about the careful work required for scribes to complete their work.
UM biblical language students learn how to read the text of the scroll, and advanced students complete projects comparing this specific scroll with published texts of the Torah. Few college students have this kind of opportunity to study a document written in the 1820s.
The CCC Torah Scroll has been dated to 1820.
According to Torah expert Dr. Steve Carroll, the scribal spacing on the scroll indicates an Ashkenazi Jewish scribe hand-wrote it, likely in northern Europe.
The parchment is sheep skin, the binding is made from sinew, and the ink is likely soot-based.
Each Torah scroll contains Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
We are still in the process of comparing the published BHS text with our scroll.
The scroll was donated by Ken and Barbara Larson, founders of God’s Ancient Library.
Students study the text of the Hebrew Bible to understand the foundation of New Testament teachings from Jesus and the apostles.
LECTURES & Q&A
Scribal Features of the Scroll • Jesus & the Torah •
Torah: Foundation for the Gospel • Q&A Sessions