Ancient Hebrew Scroll Given to Regent Univ. a ‘Magnificent Gift’
The Torah scroll has survived some of the darkest periods of human history and it serves as a powerful testament to God’s faithfulness and the enduring power of His Word.
“This particular scroll that was donated to the School of Divinity here at Regent University is a Yemenite scroll,” explained Dr. Corne Bekker, dean of the School of Divinity.
The condition of the scroll demonstrates the meticulous care and commitment to the biblical text. Members of the local Jewish community attended the dedication service, calling it a bridge between the Jewish and Christian communities.
Ken and Barbara Larson, who donated the scroll, have also gifted Torahs to several other institutions. They hope it will encourage students to develop a deeper appreciation for God’s word.
“When you come to grips with how God brought this Torah here, our hope would be that the students would have that kind of appreciation for what He’s done to keep His word accurate, relevant, so we can all learn and grow,” said Ken.
“I think long after we’re gone, long after you’re gone, the Word of God will live forever and in a Torah that’s several hundred years old (and) will still continue to live and speak and many students will be able to gain from it,” Barbara added.
It’s a goal echoed by Regent’s administration.
“We’ve made the committment that the Word of God is the foundation for absolutely everything we do,” said Bekker.