The Paradox of the Transmission of Sacred Texts

Hebrew scribes take great pains to copy faithfully. But, as a passage in Proverbs shows, once an error creeps into the chain of transmission, it can be there forever.

From a fragment of the Aleppo Codex. Wikipedia.

From a fragment of the Aleppo Codex. Wikipedia.

Observation
May 13 2015
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