yemeni-torah-scrollHickory – Catawba Valley Community College’s Humanities Department invites community members to attend a discussion Mon., Oct. 31, at noon on the importance of the Torah in Jewish life. The discussion will include a viewing of an ancient Yemeni Torah scroll dating to the 1600s A.D.

The presentation will be held in the Cuyler Dunbar Bldg. Rm. 205 on CVCC’s Main Campus on Hwy. 70 in Hickory, N.C.

The scroll is being brought to campus by the nonprofit organization Ratio Christi, which encourages and strengthens the faith of Christian students at universities around the world through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics while sharing Christ’s message and love to those that have yet to receive it.

Discussion will be led by religion and ethics instructor Jeff Kautz and ethics instructor Chris Vans Allsburg. Topics discussed will be the importance of the Torah in Jewish life and culture as well as a study of the Yemeni Jews who preserved this scroll. The Torah are the first five books of the Hebrew Bible as well as the first five books of the Christian Old Testament. The Yemeni scroll brings to the forefront the importance of both Jewish and Christian heritage and their common roots.

The scroll will be available for viewing following the presentation.

For more details, contact Kautz, 828-327-7000, ext. 4832,