The Torah & Polyglot Bible were graciously donated by Dr. Christian Harfouche & his family.
The rare Torah displayed at The Legacy Center is believed to be over 300 years old, from Morocco, based on the distinct way some of the letters are made. It is written on deerskin by a rabbinical scribe specifically trained to copy the Torah.
Jewish tradition demands a precise method of preparing the materials, preparing the scribe, and the copying process; failure to adhere to God’s standard of copying without error had serious consequences. Three mistakes on one page condemned the whole manuscript. The writing of a single Torah scroll usually lasts 1,200 hours, or about a year.
The 1657 Walton Polyglot Bible, is the finest of the Polyglot Bibles, consisting of six volumes, and is a reference treasure over 360 years old – issued between 1654 and 1657.
This rare and unique Bible is comprised of nine languages arranged in parallel columns, including Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Ethiopic, and Persian on one page with Latin translations of each language. Polyglots were used by scholars for studying the history of the biblical text and its interpretation.
The eagle is a symbol of strength, endurance and commands a prominent place in God’s Word. They are a reminder of God’s promised strength to those who trust and wait upon Him. Many leaders have gifted Dr. Cerullo these beautifully sculpted and magnificent pieces of art over the years.
“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NKJV