TEAL Exhibitions

The Torah Scrolls From The Kaifeng Synagogue Part I

This scroll is incomplete and ends abruptly at Leviticus 18:19. It is seventy-two feet long and is comprised of thirty-seven alumtawed goat skin panels. The panels are sewn together with silk thread, a Chinese material, rather than sinew, which is traditionally used to sew Torah scrolls. The text is written in black inks and is organized into columns. This scroll was donated to the American Bible Society in 1868 by Dr. Samuel Wells Williams, who would later serve as the society’s ninth President from 1881-84. (Kaifeng Torah Scroll)

Chapters II-IV from the Book of Exodus

Chapters II-IV from the Book of Exodus, from the oldest Torah Scroll preserved  in Kaifeng, China, probably from 15th century.

Chapters II-IV from the Book of Exodus Chapters II-IV from the Book of Exodus

(Contents on this page contain texts, images, and captions from Kaifeng Torah Scroll. For full bibliography information, please refer to the reference page. For single image source and metadata, please click the image.)