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Sacred Writings Newsletter, January 2010

The Museum Receives Scroll: Holocaust Survivor Sefer Torah

The Museum is excited to announce our newest artifact that we have recently received.  It is a Manuscript Hebrew Sefer Torah Scroll.  This scroll is a “Holocaust Survivor” of great historical and emotional value.  Estimated to have originated in Central Europe (Germany, Poland, or Bohemia), it is approximately 200 years old, dating from the late 18th Century or early 19th Century.  It survived the Nazi “Final Solution” against the Jews and their Holy Scriptures in Central Europe and was taken to the new nation of Israel after World War II.   This Sefer Torah Scroll is handwritten in a Jewish Scriptorium of Beit Yosef script. It is approximately 105 ½ feet long with 172 columns on 54 panels of uncoated cow skin and includes the entire Torah or Pentateuch, covering the five books of Moses—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

This Manuscript Hebrew Sefer Torah Scroll was generously loaned to us on a permanent basis by the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation under Dr. Weston Fields.

Archaeology Classes Continue: The Dead Sea Scrolls & Archaeology

Back by popular demand. Register before classes fill up!

Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in a Museum hands-on class on Ancient Writings and Archaeological Artifacts from the Ancient Near East! Study and handle the artifacts, then relate them to the ancient historical context that brought them about.


Dr. James Rietveld, CSUF Professor
Dr. George Giacumakis, Museum Director & Biola University Professor


  • Elementary Level Students
    • Friday, February 12, 2010
    • Friday, February 19, 2010
  • Secondary Level Students
    • Friday, March 12, 2010
  • Adult Level Students
    • Friday, April 16, 2010

All Sessions are held at CSUF, Irvine Campus, Room IRVC-152, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM

To register, please call the office, or email Christine: cgarner@sacredwritings.org

Cost is $5 per participant

Azusa Pacific Acquires Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments

Azusa Pacific University will show five fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls this coming May. Joined with a collection of other biblical antiquities, Azusa’s Museum of the Bible is designed to tell the story of the Bible from ancient to modern times.

The Museum & The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Museum has acquired on loan from Legacy Church six portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls in facsimile: The Great Isaiah Scroll, the Manual of Discipline, the Habakkuk Commentary, Testimonia, Pesher Isaiah, and Qohelet. The Museum will begin a monthly lecture series focusing on the Dead Sea Scrolls, where experts will present their latest research. The Great Isaiah Scroll will be on display. More detailed information is available on our website.

New Website Launched

The Museum has launched our new Website:


If it brings you back to the blog page, or to the old website, you may have to reset your browser history.

We have a lot of exciting events happening this year, so please look at the Event page to mark your calendar!

Special Announcement


Greetings Friends of the Museum of Biblical & Sacred Writings

We are very pleased to announce some exciting forthcoming events in October. The Museum is breaking new ground, and we wanted to bring you an update with the latest happenings.


We are delighted to announce that the Museum of Biblical & Sacred Writings will be the first Museum in the US and Canada to have use of, through a special donation, facsimiles of six of the Dead Sea Scrolls. They have been purchased for $65,000 by concerned individuals and placed on permanent loan to the Museum.


Mark your calendar for the evening of October 17 for an exciting presentation and fundraiser at the Orange County Great Park. We will be publicly announcing the acquisition of and displaying, for the first time, the Dead Sea Scroll Facsimiles. One of the purposes of the evening is to raise awareness of the Museum Facilities and Collections. There will be a cost to attend the event of $60.00 per person. Please consider joining us from 5:00 to 8:30 PM in the newly refurbished Hangar 244 on the former El Toro Marine Base. This will be a unique chance to view the Dead Sea Scrolls in facsimile in an up-close and intimate setting.


Also consider joining us earlier that day for our annual Museum Fall Lecture Series. This year’s presentation, Writings From the Ancient World, will be held on Saturday October 17, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, at Cal State Fullerton, Irvine Campus. Five specialists will discuss various ancient inscriptions and their historical implications. We have some very distinguished lecturers scheduled to present, so you would not want to miss this great opportunity. (No cost to attend).

The lecture titles are as follows:

  1. Ancient Near East Writings: The Origins of the Star of David
  2. Hebrew Writings: The Great Isaiah Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  3. Ancient Near East Writings: The Origins of Monotheism
  4. 4. Egyptian Coptic Writings: The Spiritual Life of a Scribe: Writings About a Coptic Monk
  5. Persian Writings: On Zoroastrian Scriptures

We are very excited for these forthcoming events, and we encourage you to learn more about the Facsimiles Online and to Visit Our Website

To RSVP for either event, please call the Museum Office at: (949) 786-0033.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


George Giacumakis


Dr. Ted Proffitt’s Lecture, Spring 2009 MBSW Lecture

Summer 2009 – Museum News

We wanted to bring you a monthly update on the happenings of the Museum OF Biblical & Sacred Writings.  Recently we met with real estate advisors and discussed the layout of the proposed building(s).  The architect is planning structures to include the different divisions below as well as office space for related organizations that may wish to lease space.

The Educational and Public Divisions of the Museum will be:

•    Museum of Ancient Near East Writings
•    Museum of the Bible
•    Museum of Biblical Archaeology
•    Museum of the Classical Greek World
•    Museum of the Roman & Byzantine World
•    Museum of Ancient Islamic Writings
•    Museum Learning Center
•    Museum Research Library
•    History On The Move Study Tours

Archaeology & Inscription Classes

This fall we will begin a series of classes for students to be introduced to the ancient world.  The Museum hands on archaeology classes for students of different ages that will be offered ($5.00 per participant) are:

•    Ancient Writings & Archaeology:  Opening the Ancient World (Elementary Level Students) – Friday, September 11, 2009, 1:00 – 2:15 PM, Cal State Fullerton – Irvine Campus, taught by Drs. James Rietveld & George Giacumakis.
•    Ancient Writings & Archaeology:  Opening the Ancient World (Secondary Level Students) – Friday, October 16, 2009, 1:00 – 2:15 PM, Cal state Fullerton, Irvine Campus, taught by Drs. James Rietveld and George Giacumakis.

•    Ancient Writings & Archaeology:  Opening the Ancient World (Adult Level Students) – Friday, November 13, 2009, 1:00 – 2:15 PM, Cal State Fullerton, Irvine Campus, taught by Drs. James Rietveld and George Giacumakis.

Special Museum Class

Introduction to Museum Studies (Adult Level Students) –
Mondays, September 21 & 28, October 5 & 12, 2009, 2:00 –
4:00 PM, Cal State Fullerton, Irvine Campus (October 12:
Southern California Museum Visits), taught by Orange County
Park Ranger and Museum Specialist Michael A. Miniaci. ($25.00 per

Call the Museum to make reservations if you and your students are interested in participating in any of the above classes.

Museum Fall Lecture Series

Writings of the Ancient World
Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Cal State
Fullerton, Irvine Campus.  Five specialists will discuss
various ancient inscriptions and their historical implications
about ancient history. (No cost to attend)

The Museum of Biblical & Sacred Writings is a federally & state approved 501 (C)3 non-profit organization.  We have hired several university students for the summer to begin the cataloging process of the hard copy and digital volumes of the Museum Research Library.  About 3,000 volumes have been donated to the Museum Library thus far.

Your financial contributions are greatly appreciated, for they help us to continue the development and growth of the Museum organization.

Help us keep developing by sending your contributions to:

Museum of Biblical & Sacred Writings

PO Box 333, E. Irvine, CA 92650

Thank you and Shalom!

Welcome to the Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings

The Museum of Biblical & Sacred Writings (MBSW) is a non-profit organization focusing in the following areas of study and research:


  •  A Research Center for Historical Studies
  • A Research Center for Archaeological Studies
  • A Museum of Biblical Archaeology
  • A Museum of Ancient Writings
  • A Learning Center for Ancient Writings
  • HistoryOnTheMove Study Tours


The Mission & Purpose of MBSW is to provide for a public museum, a research center for scholars, and an educational facility for students to pursue the study of ancient historical texts, archaeological artifacts and ancient writings.  MBSW sponsors archaeological research along with projects in the Mediterranean, Asian and African areas of the world.  We are currently developing a collection of artifacts and archaeological displays for public viewing.  These collections and inscriptions will aslo serve as the object of study by students of all educational levels through the Learning Center.

 With its focus on ancient biblical and sacred writings, MBSW sponsors lecture series throughout the year wherein scholars are invited to present their latest research on ancient inscriptions or other archaeological artifacts.

MBSW is in development of a user-friendly, public facility in Irvine’s Great Park which will contain space for these areas of display and study.  Permanent facilities will provide developmental space for:

  •  Display Rooms for archaeological artifacts and ancient historical documents, with accompanying work study, classroom & research areas.
  • Office space to engage in research projects sponsored by the MBSW.
  • Office space for HistoryOnTheMove Study Tours to every continent of the globe, with history specialists teaching along the way. 
  • Office space for organizing & funding archaeological digs, projects and programs.
  • Lecture series for invited scholars to present to the public the latest finds in regards to their research.
  • A Learning Center classroom/workroom for students to engage in hands-on learning with the use of ancient artifacts.
  • Office space for other MBSW related organizations.

Several suites have been leased in Building 1 (#7166) at 7290 Trabuco Canyon Road, Irvine, California 92618, (949) 786-0033 (former El Toro Marine Base in Irvine), Suite 117: Main Office.  During 2009 the following will take place through these temporary offices:

  •  Set up a Research Library for print and electronic resources.
  • Establish a series of historical & archaeological lectures.
  • Develop plans for a permanent museum facility.
  • Work closely with and submit plans to Lennar/LNR Properties & the City of Irvine.
  • A fundraising plan to be presented to interested individuals, foundations, investors and developers in order to bring MBSW to its larger and more permanent reality.