Torah Scroll Project

Southern California Seminary's Ashkenazi Hebrew Torah Scroll

שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְהוָ֥ה׀ אֶחָֽד׃ וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ׃ וְהָי֞וּ הַדְּבָרִ֣ים הָאֵ֗לֶּה אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָנֹכִ֧י מְצַוְּךָ֛ הַיֹּ֖ום עַל־לְבָבֶֽךָ׃” (Deuteronomy 6:4–6)

The SCS Scroll

For thousands of years, the Hebrew Torah scroll has been the most cherished object in the Jewish faith, and its message forms the historical foundation for Christianity. Containing the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) Torah represents the spiritual heritage upon which our faith is built.

The Torah scroll at SCS is a stunning display of the passion and precision of those who gave their lives for the preservation and transmission of God’s Word. Meticulously hand-copied on the skins of over 35 cattle, the scroll stretches 83.6 feet long  on 46 panels and contains the entire Pentateuch. Every letter in every line reflects the devout practices of the scribes whose dedication ensured that God’s Word would be passed on to future generations with utmost accuracy.

This particular scroll originated in central Czechoslovakia in the 16th century. The scroll follows the Ashkenazi tradition. It  and was protected and preserved through the sweat, tears and blood of those who lived, and often died, for the message it contained. This scroll survived the Nazi’s attempt to destroy the Jewish Scriptures during the Holocaust before being taken to Israel for safe-keeping. Now, through the generosity of the Ken and Barbara Larson family, this scroll will find new life and purpose in our community.

Dedication Event

On May 31, 2016, Southern California received a 16th century Czechoslovakian Torah Scroll containing the entire Pentateuch from the Ashkenazi tradition.

Featured Guests

The SCS Scroll was a generous gift from Mr. & Mrs. Ken and Barbara Larson and presented to Dr. David Jeremiah, Chancelor of Southern California Seminary. Our emcee for the evening, radio host Mark Larson, introduced all of the special speakers including our Torah Scroll expert, Dr. Scott T. Carroll, Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Tim LaHaye and Dr. James Fazio.

Each of our speakers and special guests are featured in one of the video provided.

Below you can read biographies and view a photo gallery of the evening.

Dr. Scott T. Carroll, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott T. Carroll, Ph.D.


Dr. Scott Carroll has built the two largest privately-held collections of Bibles and biblically-related materials in the world: The Van Kampen Collection and The Green Collection. Together these collections contain nearly 80,000 items with a total purchase price of around $70 million. The total estimated appraised value of the combined collections exceed a billion dollars. He has created exhibits that have been seen by over a million visitors including ones in collaboration with the British Library and another at St. Peter’s Square with the Vatican Library.

Scott Carroll holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History from Miami University and an M.A. in Christian Backgrounds and Early Christianity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He completed post-graduate language studies at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, and works in a number of ancient languages and specializes in the study of ancient manuscripts.

He has served as a professor and/or research scholar at a variety of institutions including Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Baylor University and Tyndale House, Cambridge. He holds a distinguished post at the University of Jos, Nigeria where he directs a program providing an unprecedented hands on exposure to unpublished ancient manuscripts for leading professors and doctoral students in West Africa.

Mr. & Mrs. Ken and Barbara Larson

Mr. & Mrs. Ken and Barbara Larson


Ken and Barbara Larson met at St. Paul Bible College, and have been married fifty years. While starting their business, Barbara stayed home to raise their five children. Their business, Slumberland Furniture, now has 128 stores in a 12-state area. Presently they reside in Florida.

Barbara has been leading Bible Studies for about forty years and loves seeing women growing in their faith. She also has a passion for mentoring young women. She and Ken travel to see many ministries all over the world and she has ministered in Haiti four times in the last two years. But her greatest joy is spending time with their 19 grandkids.

Mr. Larson was named 1995 Retailer of the Year by the National Home Furnishings Association, the highest award given to home furnishing retailers by peers. He has been an active leader in many non-profit organizations, including serving as a board member of the Navigators. Chairman of the board for the Evangelical Free Church of America, and he is completing a three year board term for the ECFA, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah

Featured Speaker

Dr. David Jeremiah, is Chancellor for SCS, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church. Dr. Jeremiah received a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville College. In that same year, Dr. Jeremiah married his college sweetheart, Donna Thompson who also was attending Cedarville College as a business major. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1967. He completed additional graduate work at Grace University and was granted the Doctor of Divinity degree from Cedarville College in 1981.

Dr. Tim LaHaye

Dr. Tim LaHaye

Prayer of Dedication

Tim LaHaye was the pastor at the Scott Memorial Baptist Church in El Cajon, for 25 years. While ministering, he hosted a radio program with his wife Beverly entitled The LaHayes on Family Life (which later returned as a television program) in the mid-1950s. He also was instrumental in the creation of a Christian school system in the area. LaHaye has authored more than 50 books on numerous topics, such as biblical prophecies, spiritual growth, marriage, family, and temperament.

Mark Larson

Mark Larson


Each week his voice is heard on a variety of programs and commercials via more than 2,000 radio and TV outlets worldwide. Mark’s Southern California talk show airs on AM1170 “The Answer” (KCBQ), weekdays 6 to 9AM. He is also heard on various programs on sister-station KPRZ 1210AM. The KCBQ show is also simulcast live on CRN Digital Talk Radio’s “CRN-3” Channel (available in more than 12 million cable television homes across America) and everywhere on iHeart Radio. Mark is a frequent guest host on Dennis Prager’s national SRN network talk show. He also serves as a news analyst and commentator on KUSI Television (Channel 9) in San Diego.

Dr. James Fazio

Dr. James Fazio


James Fazio is a graduate of Southern California Seminary (BA in Biblical Studies in 2002, Master of Divinity in 2005, Master of Theology in 2013, and Doctor of Ministry candiate). He holds the distinct privilege of serving as the undergraduate and graduate Dean of Bible and Theology.