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BBC&S Receives Ancient Torah Scrolls for Educational Research
The Louise Family Foundation has gifted Baptist Bible College & Seminary with four framed, single-page excerpts from three ancient hand-written Torah scrolls. The pages were presented Monday, October 11 in the Phelps Student Center by Gary Zimmerman, the agent representing the Louise Family Foundation.
Two of the pages come from an ancient Hebrew Torah scroll originally produced in Northern Europe and are dated as early 1400ís. The two passages from that scroll are Exodus 1:19-5:14 and Leviticus 23:28-26:26. The third sheet is from an ancient Ashkenazi Hebrew Torah scroll originally produced in North Germany, Poland, or Russia and is dated early 1300ís. The passage is Leviticus 11:24-13:36. The final sheet is from a South Yemen scroll produced around 1750. The passage on this sheet is Exodus 9:16-12:31.
In addition, the foundation will be loaning BBC&S two Torah scrolls for one year of educational research. The first scroll is over 200 years old. It originated from Vilna, Lithuania during the time of Rabbi Eliyahu. The second scroll is 80-90 years old and is from Morocco. During the year, the scrolls will be digitally photographed for online use by scholars, particularly those in the Jewish community. The scrolls will also be used by BBC&Sí Old Testament Projects Center for a variety of other teaching and research-oriented projects.
Each of the scrolls was declared pasul, non-kosher or no longer usable by the Israeli Rabbinate. These scrolls were purchased from a geniza in Israel before being moved to America.
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Posted on: 12/7/2004 10:01:33 AM