Lithuanian Torah Scroll written between 1750 and 1770

Sofer's (Scribe) quill used to write a Torah Scroll in Dallas, Texas

Sofer’s (Scribe) quill used to write a Torah Scroll in Dallas, Texas

 

In June 2004 we sent an individual to Jerusalem to purchase several non kosher Hebrew Scrolls for educational purposes to be used among Gentile Christians. It had been my goal to place in the hands of Christin seminaries, colleges, Bible schools, Bible translators, and churches portions of fragmented non kosher Hebrew Scrolls. Over 300 museum quality frames have been made to hold these fragmented pieces and were donated throughout the world.

The Scroll of Ecclesiastes was donated to Fudan University, located in Shanghai, China,
The Scroll of Ecclesiastes was donated to Fudan University, located in Shanghai, China,

 

Hebrew Scrolls have been very rare among Gentile Christians. Our Bible commentaries and Bible dictionaries rarely contained photographs of authentic Hebrew Scrolls. Most of the time an artist would draw a Scroll and add a few squiggly lines to represent Hebrew writing and pass these off as Scrolls. In the university and seminary I attended I was able to find only one authentic photograph of a Scroll among all the books available. (excluding Dead Sea Scrolls) The Scroll I found was of Esther and the publisher had printed the Scroll upside down. (Hebrew always looks best upside down to those not familiar with Hebrew.)

During the trip to Jerusalem in 2004 two Jewish Sofers (Scribes) heard about what we were doing and asked “Do Gentiles really honor and respect our Scrolls?” They were very pleased to know more about this project and offered Several non kosher scrolls to help us. One of the Scrolls was a Torah Scroll from Vilnius, Lithuania.

Part of the bill of sale for Hebrew Scrolls in Jerusalem.
Part of the bill of sale for Hebrew Scrolls in Jerusalem.

 

We are starting this blog so you can view this Scroll of which hundreds of high resolution photographs will be shown as the blog moves on.

The Scroll from Lithuania has hundreds of Scribal oddities, such as these beautiful Tagin (crowns above certain letters).
The Scroll from Lithuania has hundreds of Scribal oddities, such as these beautiful Tagin (crowns above certain letters).

 

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