HEBREW SCROLLS

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This site is dedicated to the preservation of the Word of God through Hebrew Scrolls. It is written in Psalms 119:89 “For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven.” 

 לעולם יהוה דברך נצב בשׁמים

Authentic Scroll of Psalms written in Israel
Authentic Scroll of Psalms written in Israel. The Scroll is open to Psalm 119:89

 

The complete set of Hebrew Scrolls that make up the Hebrew Scriptures called the TaNaKh.

The complete Tanakh in Scroll form. These scrolls date from 1750 to 2008.
The complete Tanakh in Scroll form. These scrolls date from 1750 to 2008.

Beautiful Scroll of Esther

Today Rabbi Michael and I were examining a beautiful old Scroll of Esther. The Scroll could date back before the 1800s, but I am safe to say it is an old treasure. Several things such as the iron gall ink degradation and the lack of the uniformity in more recent Scrolls help date older Scrolls. It is my estimation (I am not a Sofer but I have purchased almost 100 Scrolls from many countries and have some knowledge.) that the Scroll was written in a poorer village in the Ukraine, Russia or Romania. Another very interesting thing about this Scroll of Esther is that God’s Name, the Tetragrammaton, YHVH in written twice in the sentence structure by enlarging the four letters. This is only the second Scroll of Esther I have seen like this.

These are the two verses where Ha-Shem is indicated.

Esther 7: 5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?

Esther 7:7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.

The Scroll of Esther is the only Biblical Hebrew Scroll that does not contain the name of God, but some Soferim have superimposed Ha-Shem into the narrative.

Esther Gods Name

 

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New Addition

Abraham is commanded to offer his son Isaac.

Photograph of a Hebrew Torah Scroll showing the section where Abraham is commanded to offer his son Isaac.
Photograph of a Hebrew Torah Scroll showing the section where Abraham is commanded to offer his son Isaac.

This photograph is from a framed sheet of a Torah Scroll written in Hungary in the 1800s. The Scroll was written on sheepskin with a quill using iron gall ink. The Scroll was damaged in the Holocaust and could no longer be used and was therefore put in a geniza. I purchased this damaged Scroll in 2008 and because the Scroll could never be used again I framed many of the sheets and donated them to institutions that believe and teach the Word of God and love and respect the Jewish people.

The full sheet contains Scripture from Genesis 19:8 through Genesis 22:6

Last section on the sheet Genesis 22:1-6  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.  Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.  And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

Shir HaSharim

This Scroll of Shir Hasharim, Song of Songs, was written in North Western Europe before the Holocaust. It was written on sheepskin with a quill using iron gall ink. The damage seen on the Scroll was caused during the Holocaust.

Photograph of a Hebrew Scroll of Song of Songs
Photograph of a Hebrew Scroll of Song of Songs

Scroll of Ruth

The Hebrew Scroll of Ruth written in the 1800s in Northern Europe
The Hebrew Scroll of Ruth written in the 1800s in Northern Europe

This authentic Hebrew Scroll is the complete book of Ruth. It was written on sheepskin with a quill using iron gall ink before the 20th century. It came from Northern Europe and survived the Holocaust.

The parchment is sewn with kosher “Gid” (sinew) to an acid free mat and is framed in a wood museum quality frame. All the items used in the frame are acid free and the glass is UV protected.   The frame is 38 inches wide and 28 inches tall. The parchment is 27 inches wide and 19 inches tall. The parchment is recessed with a shadow box effect.

Many years ago the Megillot contained five Scrolls: Shir Hasharim, Ruth, Eikhah, Kohelet, Esther, but neither I nor my Soferim friends have ever seen a complete Megillot. In 2005 I did find and purchase one Megillot in Jerusalem that contained four of the Scrolls, but the Scroll of Esther had been removed.

The Scroll of Esther is the second most used Scroll in the Synagogue, the Torah being the first. There is an old joke in Jewish circles that goes something like this, “Did you get the WHOLE Megillah?” meaning “did you get all you paid for?” It finally became a tradition to just write the individual Scrolls as they were needed and not sewing them together. This Scroll of Ruth, being written in the 1800s or earlier was never sewn into a Megillot. 

Project Finished

We are currently photographing every column of the Hebrew Scrolls that make up the entire TaNaKh, 16 Scrolls, and will soon have them posted to this web site.

The sixteen Scrolls that make up the entire Tanakh which is referred to as the Old Testament by Gentile Christians.
The sixteen Scrolls that make up the entire Tanakh which is referred to as the Old Testament by Gentile Christians.
High quality images of the Hebrew Scrolls
High quality images of the Hebrew Scrolls

 Photographing the Scrolls at my office.

As we put these photographed Scrolls on this web site it is safe to say besides the photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls we will be the only source on like to see the actual Hebrew writing of Scrolls like Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel. It is very tedious work aligning the Scroll columns to be as near perfect as we are possible. The camera belongs to a friend who purchased the new cannon EOS 80D which taking each picture at over 34,000,000 Megapixels.  Of course we will not be able to put such large photographs on the web site, but the ones we will install for you will be excellent quality so you can see every detail of of Scrolls used for over 200 years. You may contact us for the much higher resolution photos which may be printed into a six foot banner with excellent resolution. 

Photograph of the Hebrew Scroll of Psalms. The second section in the photograph is Psalm 23. This Scroll was written before 1985.
Photograph of the Hebrew Scroll of Psalms. The second section in the photograph is Psalm 23. This Scroll was written before 1985.

 

Hebrew Scroll of Isaiah written in Russia early in the 20th century. Pointing out Isaiah 9:6

Hebrew Scroll of Isaiah written in Russia early in the 20th century. Pointing out Isaiah 9:6

 

   Our site is designed to educate Jews, Gentiles, and Christians about the Word of God in the original Hebrew Scroll format. Please visit often as we are adding and upgrading our content as we migrate from our old site scrolls4all.com.

   Gary & Artis Zimmerman of the site scrolls4all.org have purchased over 70 authentic Hebrew Scrolls of which most date to the 19th century and beyond. The Scrolls were written in Lithuania, Israel, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Iraq, Morocco, Italy, Holland, Germany, Yemen, Spain, and many countries which were in the former Soviet Union. Many of these Scrolls had gone through the Holocaust and were severely damaged. We have moved most of these Scrolls to collections in South Carolina and Texas.  

This set of Scrolls Is the complete Hebrew writings which make up the Tanakh, Old Testament
This set of Scrolls Is the complete Hebrew writings which make up the Tanakh, Old Testament

   It is our purpose to use photographs from these Scrolls throughout this site to enhance the Bible lessons. 

Most Hebrew Scrolls need to be re-lettered after 100 years because of Iron Gall ink degradation.
Photograph by: Tom Kilpatrick – This Scroll portion is being re-lettered. Most Hebrew Scrolls need to be re-lettered after 100 years because of Iron Gall ink degradation.

The Jewish Scribes have done an excellent job of preserving the Word of God.
The Jewish Scribes have done an excellent job of preserving the Word of God.

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