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Video: The Scroll of the Prophet Isaiah

“I work after his voice and do exactly what he says to do… He put up what colors he want. I don’t know about them.” 

From the director:

One day, in May of 2018 as I was driving through Niagara Falls, NY, I passed a home unlike anything I had ever seen before. I slammed on the brakes and reversed to take some pictures of this stunning and unusual work of art tucked away in an otherwise unremarkable neighborhood. As I finished, a man who was sitting across the street called me over to talk. His name was Isaiah and the conversation that began on that day culminated in this short film. Maybe our encounter was meant to be. In honor of Isaiah, I hope you enjoy it. 

Director: Jake Kovnat
Featuring: Isaiah Robertson

Running time: 3 minutes

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Note: The title of the film refers to The Isaiah Scroll, one of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls that were first discovered by Bedouin shepherds in 1946 from Qumran Cave 1. The scroll is written in Hebrew and contains the entire Book of Isaiah from beginning to end, apart from a few small damaged portions. It is the oldest complete copy of the Book of Isaiah, being approximately 1000 years older than the oldest Hebrew manuscripts known before the scrolls’ discovery. It is also notable in being the only scroll from the Qumran Caves to be preserved almost in its entirety. The scroll is written on 17 sheets of parchment. It is particularly large, being about 734 cm (24 feet) long and ranges from 25.3 to 27 cm high (10 to 10.6 inches) with 54 columns of text.

Still shot: The Scroll of the Prophet Isaiah


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