Fixing Gods Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

Hardcover | October 15, 2001

byB. Barry Levy

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The Hebrew text of the Torah has never been finalized down to the last letter. This is important not least because Jewish law requires that Torah scrolls read publicly in the synagogue be error-free. Jewish scribes, scholars, and legal authorities have sought to overcome or narrow thesedifferences, but to this day have not completely succeeded in doing so. This book offers an in-depth study of how rabbinic leaders of the past two millennia have dealt with questions about the text's accuracy, presenting numerous authoritative rabbinic sources, many translated here for the firsttime.

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The Hebrew text of the Torah has never been finalized down to the last letter. This is important not least because Jewish law requires that Torah scrolls read publicly in the synagogue be error-free. Jewish scribes, scholars, and legal authorities have sought to overcome or narrow thesedifferences, but to this day have not completely s...

B. Barry Levy is at McGill University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.9 × 5.79 × 1.1 inPublished:October 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019514113x

ISBN - 13:9780195141139

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Preface1 Fixing God's Torah2 Ibn Zimra's Responsum A: The Zohar, the Talmud, and Fixing the Torah Text3 Ibn Zimra's Responsum B: The Masorah and Fixing the Torah Text4 Ibn Zimra's Responsum C: The Talmud, the Torah Scrolls, and Fixing the Torah Text5 Ibn Zimra's Responsum D: Logic and Vocalizing the Torah Text6 The Literary Background of Ibn Zimra's Responsa: Rabbi Solomon Ben Adret and the Medieval Sefardi Halakhic Literature7 Ibn Zimra, Ben Adret, Ibn Adoniyah, the Masorah, and Fixing the Torah Text in the Sixteenth Century8 Fixing God's Torah Since the Sixteenth CenturyIndex