Scribal Schools and Scriptural Transmission: The Preservation of Old Testament Texts

The text discusses the crucial role of ancient scribal schools in preserving Old Testament texts, explaining their origin, training methods, techniques for error minimization, and their broader impact on society. Scribal schools started in the pre-monarchic period in Israel, not only serving religious functions but also assisting state operations. Emphasizing precision, scribes successfully minimized transmission errors and were integral to safeguarding religious texts. Furthermore, these schools served as cultural centers, and their works held societal significance. The work of scribes was regarded as both scholarly and sacred.

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