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  • Carbon Dating Confirms World's Oldest Torah Scroll

    06/01/2013 2:50:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    National Geographic ^ | May 30, 2013 | By Diane Cole
    In 1889, an Italian librarian's faulty identification sentenced to archival obscurity an antique Torah scroll that has turned out to be the oldest complete such scroll in existence. This week, University of Bologna Professor Mauro Perani announced the results of carbon-14 tests authenticating the scroll's age as roughly 800 years old. The scroll dates to between 1155 and 1225, making it the oldest complete Torah scroll on record. Like all Torah scrolls, this one contains the full text of the five Books of Moses in Hebrew and is prepared according to strict standards for use during religious services. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------snip------------------ At...
  • A Touch of Eternity

    01/15/2007 11:29:28 AM PST · by APRPEH · 1 replies · 142+ views
    AISH ^ | 25 Tevet 5767 / 15 January 2007 | Charlotte Friedland
    Magnetic, spiritual, ancient and contemporary -- a Torah scroll connects Jews of every stripe to every other Jew of the past, present and future. Looking into a Torah scroll is very much like standing before the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Something deep inside you says, "There it is!" It has been assaulted, defiled, even neglected -- yet it stands unchanged forever. We feel its power, yet few of us understand it. Magnetic, spiritual, ancient and contemporary -- a Torah scroll, known in Hebrew as a Sefer Torah, connects Jews of every stripe to every other Jew of the past, present...