- Deuteronomy 17:18 (NKJV) Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites.
I was fascinated recently while reading about how the Bible came to be at the great effort that went into ensuring the Bible’s accuracy. It is one thing for God to have accurately given it to the original authors; it is another thing for it to be copied and recopied and recopied and translated and re-translated and re-re-translated until finally you are able to hold your English translation in your hands hundreds and even thousands of years later.
For example, from A.D. 100-500, the task of transcribing the text fell to the Talmudists whose work was strictly governed by a set of minutely detailed regulations. Even a summary of the rules laid down for copying words regarded as sacred will give an idea of the care that was taken.
The text had to be copied on to the skins of ceremonially clean animals, and the skins had to be prepared and fastened together in a particular way. All the skins, throughout the whole text, had to contain a prescribed and equal number of columns. Each column had to be between forty-eight and sixty lines in length, and each line had to consist of exactly thirty letters. Only black ink, prepared to a definite recipe, could be used. No word or letter, not even a yod (the tenth and smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet) could be written from memory and without reference to the document from which the scribe was copying. There had to be the breadth of a hair or thread between consonants, the breadth of nine consonants between sections, and three lines between books. The fifth book of Moses had to terminate exactly with a line. In addition, the copyist had to sit in full Jewish dress, having washed his whole body before beginning his work. He was forbidden to write the name of God except with a pen newly dipped in ink, and should anyone, even a king, talk to him while writing that name, he was not permitted to take any notice.
This is just one of many examples of the care and reverence that went into passing on the Word of God to each generation and language.
Isn’t it a privilege to hold in our hands today “The Bible” \\ and even better yet–“My Bible.”
Let us treasure it, read it, practice it, build our life upon it.
Source: Does God Believe in Atheists, John Blanchard, p. 394