As Southern California Seminary celebrates 70 years of preparing graduates in God’s inerrant word, we cordially invite you to join faculty, students, staff, and friends on Tuesday, May 31st at 6 p.m. for the dedication of a Torah Scroll being donated to the Seminary.
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. Its words express God’s message to man, but the scroll itself has an incredible history of its own.
The Torah scroll coming to 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 nearly 100 feet long when fully unrolled. 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 follows the Ashkenazi tradition. It originated in central Europe nearly two hundred years ago 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 Holocaust before being taken to Israel for safe-keeping. Now, through the generosity of Ken and Barbara Larson, this scroll will find new life and purpose in our community.