BR 7:05, Oct 1991
The Abisha Scroll3,000 Years Old?
Does the Samaritan community in Nablus have a Torah Scroll written by Aarons great-grandson?
A small group of Samaritansthey now number fewer than 300continues to live in ancient Shechem (modern Nablus on the West Bank) at the foot of their holy mountain, Mt. Gerizim. They claim to have the oldest Torah (the Pentateuch, or five books of Moses) in existence. It was written, they say, by Abisha,a the great-grandson of Aaron (1 Chronicles 6:50 [6:35 in Hebrew]), 13 years after the Israelite conquest of Canaanmore than 3,000 years ago!
And they can prove it. An almost unforgeable cryptogram embedded in the ancient textknown as the Abisha scrollvalidates their claim.