Building the Bible

Early Translations and Transcriptions

Who were the Masoretes?

Active between the sixth and eleventh century, the Masoretes were a group of respected scribes who devoted themselves to sorting, compiling, and copying manuscripts to form an authoritative text of the Old Testament. The manuscripts with which they worked were considered inviolable. So as centuries passed, Masoretes took great care with their work to ensure that as few alterations were made as possible.


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