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:

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.


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