Many times i have been asked by people, can we really believe what the Old Testament Says? Growing up in the Catholic System many of my teachers said the 1st 5 books of the Bible – the “Torah” was Just a myth. So i think its time to start challenging this really foreign Idea.
One argument put up by many is how do we know that the Old Testament we possess in our Hands today is the same as it was many thousands of years ago? I think that this is a very good question personally and it warrants a good answer.
Having done the research this is what i have come up with. While one might be concerned with the lack of very old copies of the Old Testament text, it is not until we consider the nature of the copying technique that was used by the Hebrew scribes before we appreciate the authenticity of the Old Testament
The Process was as Follows.
1. A synagogue roll must be written on the skins of clean animals prepared by a Jew.
2. These must be fastened together with strings taken from clean animals.
3. Every skin (page) must contain a certain number of columns, equal throughout the entire codex.
4. The length of each column must not extend less than 48 or more than 60 lines; and the breadth must consist of thirty letters.
5. The whole copy must be first lined; and if three words were written without a line, it is worthless.
6. The ink should be black and prepared according to a definite recipe.
7. An authentic copy must be the exemplar, from which the transcriber ought not in the least deviate. (Remember what happened to Simeon when he tried to deviate about the virginal birth of Christ)
8. No word or letter, not even a yod, must be written from memory, the scribe not having looked at the codex before him.
9. The copyist must wash his whole body and sit in full Jewish dress.
10. He must not begin to write the name of God (YHWH) with a pen newly dipped in ink and should a king address him while writing that name he must take no notice of him.
As you can see the scribes in transcribing copies of the Old Testament had an extremely tight guideline to follow why scribing. I think this initself is a rebuttal to those who accuse the Old Testament of being just another Story!