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Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

B. Barry Levy

Abstract

Many scholars and learned readers believe that rabbinic Judaism assumes a dogmatic commitment to the notion that the Bible text, particularly the Torah text, is letter perfect; orthodox Jews often accept this notion as fact, others, as normative rabbinic doctrine. This position developed over the centuries as an internal theological and interpretative posture and as a response to external pressures. These factors include rabbinic indifference to alternative forms of the Bible text recovered from pre‐rabbinic times or non‐rabbinic sources, attacks from Christians and Muslims who accused the Jew ... More

Keywords: Levy, accuracy, ancient texts, Bible commentaries, halakhic codes, Hebrew Bible, Judaism, medieval texts, midrashic texts, modern texts, rabbinic Judaism, rabbinic texts, Renaissance texts, responsa, spelling, Talmudic texts, Torah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195141139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/019514113X.001.0001

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B. Barry Levy, author
McGill University
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