Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Chinese Torah discovery amazes Methodist school By ELEANOR BLAU New York Times Service NEW YORK It is said that the Western world first learned there were such beings as Chinese Jews when a missionary in the early 17th century overheard, with astonishment, the remarks of two Chinese men who were In PeMng to take examina- tions for public posts. Noticing a picture of Mary Religious schools get support TORONTO (CP) Delegates to an interdenominational reli- gious education conference last week passed a resolution that all Canadian parents should have a right to send their chil- dren to religious schools of their choice, supported by pub- lic funds. About 150 teachers, church- men and representaitves of pro- vincial education departments from across Canada attended the conference sponsored by the Ecumenical Institute of Canada. When the resolution came to a vote, there were some absten- tions but no opposing votes. The delegates did not represent offi- cial church positions. and Jesus, the candidates are said to have exdaimad, "oh, Sarah and Scholars over the yeans have pieced together some history of their community, at Kaifeng, capital of Honan province in central China, and they know of other sudi communities. But the subject la hardly common knowledge. Southern Methodist Univer- sity in Dallas was amazed to learn recently that its Har- rison Bible collection includ- ed a long lost Torah from Kai- feng. The Torah is the first five books of the Old Testa- ment. SCROLL The key to the discovery came from Dr. Menahem Schmelzer, head librarian at the Jewish Theological Sem- inary here, who examined copies of the 96-foot scroll and reported that it had been written by Chinese Jews. Relating details of the dis- covery the other day, Dr. De- cherd Turner Jr. of SMU's Bridwell Library, said he had been curious about the scroll since the university acquired it in 1964 as curator of the trust of the late Thomas J. Harrison, an Oklahoma real estate and insurance execu- tive who collected early Bibles. Scholars passing through Dallas gave Turner various appraisals. "A 19th century by CARTWRIGHT Polish suggested one. century Span- ish." concluded another. Then Turner asked Micahel Pollak, a Dallas publisher to investigate, knowing that Pol- la's hobby was delving into early painting. Pollak wrote to Schmelzer. NOT EXPERT "I am not an expert on Chinese Torah Sch- melzer declared the other day, insisting that he had played virtually no role in the affair. But he said there was no doubt that the Dallas scroll whose copies he saw last June was of the same origin as a Torah at the sem- inary which is from Kai- feng. The calligraphy on the Dal- las Torah is "flowing and ra- ther graceful" compared with the rather square writing on conventional Western Torahs, and it is written on goat or sheepskin rather than parch- ment, Po'.lak reported. II is also stitched with silk instead of thread from the tendons of animals, he said, and it has two thin rods in- stead of substantial wooden rollers, with nobs varnished Chinese style with golden lacquer. Turner described the scroll as "exquisite" and "priceless." The Torah comprises the first five books of the Old Testament. Scholars now generally agree that the Kaifeng com- munity was established, pro- bably in the 12th century, by Jews who travelled there from the Middle East, most likely present-day Iraq. Dr. Hyman K u b 1 i n, a Brooklyn College history pro- fessor who is an expert in the Seld says there was some intermarriage, particularly with Chinese Moslems, and that the community "to tha untrained eye would have >een taken for Chinese." Before it "withered away" in the late 19th century, chief- ly because of assimilation, missionaries in 1851 bought six Tcralis tfrom, the Kai- feng Jews. Experts kept track of five of them; one is at Cambridge University, for example, and another at the British Mu- seum. Kiss cross Archbishop Josyf Card- !nal Slipyj, spiritual leader of the world's seven million Ukrainian Catholics, held his cross to be kissed out- side St. Church of the Protection in Toronto recently. Cardinal Slipyf had celebrated pontifical divine liturgy marking the diocese's 25th anniversary. Crowsnest pulpit fills BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Rev. Douglas Dunn of Glei- chen has accepted a call by the Crowsnest pastoral charge to take over ministerial duties in the Bellevue and Blairmore United Churches and St. Paul's United Church in Coleman. Rev. Dunn is married and will assume his new duties in the Pass, July 1. He replaces Rev. Bob Smith, minister for the past three years. Mr. Smith has accepted a chaplain's posi- tion in Calgary. Soiuracrg, June y, 1973 THE UTMDKIPQC HtXAlD 35 BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist General Conference) 329 19 Street North Pastort MANFRED TAUBENSEE Phone 328-2045 and English classes) Communion Service p.m.-Cerman Drama: "AM JACOBSBRUNNER" M. V. German Baptist Church, Calgary PLEASE Evening Service BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th Street South Service RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD" Speaker: A. Bennett Wednesday Class A Hearty Welcome Awaits You Here THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenu. S. Officers MAJORS THELMA M. CORNEY. JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship Service WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOMI NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evangelical Church In Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. PASTOR: V. SCHORR School Wor- ship Service p.m. Evening Service EVERYONE CUKWALJLY WELCOME. EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR-REV. H. J. 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DO THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA SAINT AUGUSTINE'S ARCHDEACON CECIL SWANSON, Priest in charge Holy Communion Holy Communion Croral Eucharist MIDWEEK SERVICES Tmrsday, June 14th a.m. Holy Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN S T RECTOR: The Reverend Canon Robert W. Cowan, B.A., L.Th. FEAST OF PENTECOST Eucharist in Parish Hall Eucharist Whit Monday Whit Tuesday Ember Wednesday p.m. Preparation for Communion THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES MODERATOR: RIGHT REV. N. BRUCE McLEOD, TORONTO President of Conference: REV. P. A. CLINE, Edmonton Chairman of Presbytery: RtV. KEN JORDAN. SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. 11th St. S. Ministers: R. W. K. ELLIOTT, A. T. KINO Ministry of Muilci W. M. WOOLHOUSE A. K. PUTLAND, Org. Emeritut of the Lord's Supper "REVERIES ,OF ETERNITY" Lord's NO CHURCH SCHOOL NURSERY SERVICES AVAILABLE McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St. S. MINISTER REV. 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