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Fixing God's Torah

B. Barry Levy

in Fixing God's Torah

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195141139
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834945 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019514113X.003.0001
 Fixing God's Torah

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The chapter is presented in two main parts. The first discusses the problem of whether or not it is possible to find or establish a letter‐perfect Torah text. The second looks at the subjection of scribal practices to halakhic determinations. It is pointed out at the end of the chapter that many rabbinic leaders over time (and now) have recognized the imperfection of the Torah, despite the insistence of many religious Jews that it is letter perfect. Furthermore, the halakhic literature continues to refine the text that has been transmitted through the ages.

Keywords: accuracy; ancient texts; halakhic literature; Hebrew Bible; rabbinic texts; spelling; Torah

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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