Special Exhibition: November 8, 2019 - March 29, 2020

For the first time in 1,000 years...

On display for the first time

Don’t miss this opportunity to be among the first to see this rare artifact. The text of the Washington Pentateuch is the foundation of almost every Bible today. This ancient Hebrew Bible will be unveiled to the public for the first time in 1,000 years.

See it unveiled!

On November 7, this ancient Jewish Bible was unveiled for the first time in more than 1,000 years. See the unveiling event here on Facebook.

Then visit Museum of the Bible to see this rare artifact in person!

What is a Pentateuch?

Pentateuch simply means “five books.” The Pentateuch (which Jews call the Torah) includes the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

The masoret is a fence around the Torah

Why is this artifact so important?

Early editions of the Masoretic Text, the text many Bibles use today, are rare. The Washington Pentateuch is one of these early editions. This is a chance to see an early manuscript from a major biblical tradition.

This manuscript is among the earliest, most complete, and most important Hebrew Bible manuscripts in the United States.

Few people have seen it in person. We invite you to discover the awe-inspiring work of the Masoretes by exploring this rare manuscript — the Washington Pentateuch.