And yes, we have never historically wrapped a Torah scroll around a human being. In the first place, the individual leaves are made from animal skin parchment; a full scroll is quite heavy to pick up and carry. In the second place, the leaves are stitched together with sinew, which would be stressed to the point of tearing if the scroll is unwound very much without support. (And in the third place, the parchment itself is usually not handled directly but through a cloth or some other intermediary. We wouldn't be wrapping it around a person like some sort of robe.)
It is interesting that the one thing missing that would be in an actual Jewish coronation is the sacred anointing oil compounded by Moses. I suppose that wasn't obtained easily enough. :)
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- Duke UniversityHebrew Bible, 1998 - 2006
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- Earlham CollegeBiology, 1983 - 1987
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