Torah Dedication

Date Monday, March 31, 2014
11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location Bethel Seminary St. Paul
Directions Get directions to Bethel. Please park in the Seminary student and visitor lot.

Event Description

The Torah, the first 5 books of the Bible, provides the foundation for Jewish life and worship. Faithful copyists carefully transmitted the Torah for millennia using scrolls. The Ken and Barbara Larson family has generously gifted one of these rare, authentic scrolls to Bethel Seminary.

The Larson-Bethel Baghdad Torah, dating predominantly to the early 17th century, is suitable both for display and for educational purposes. Written on skins of about 89 feet, and carefully preserved by an ancient Jewish community in Baghdad across 400 years, it offers a living testimony to faithful transmission of God’s Word.

Join Bethel Seminary to celebrate the unveiling and dedication of the Larson-Bethel Baghdad Torah. It will be on display permanently at Bethel Seminary after the unveiling.

11-11:45 a.m.
Seminary Chapel
The Torah will be available for an up close viewing during the reception.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Seminary Chapel Pavilion

Lecture and Q & A
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Seminary Chapel
"From Baghdad to Bethel: A Holy Legacy"
Scott Carroll, Ph.D., Director, Sr. Research Scholar, Manuscript Research Group

Hear an overview of the meaning of the Torah for the Jewish community and for Christians. Dr. Carroll will describe how it was created, used, and preserved through the centuries. He will explain where the Larson-Bethel Baghdad Torah came from, several unique features about it, and why it will be so valuable to the Bethel community.

Scott Carroll, Ph.D. is a specialist in ancient and medieval manuscripts and in the history of the Bible. Twice, in as many decades, he has assembled and directed the largest collections of biblically-related artifacts in private hands in the world. He directs the Manuscript Research Group.

If you are unable to attend in person, this event will be streamed live.


Contact the Seminary Vice President and Dean's office at 651.638.6658 or