Following is some notes I took from a recent trade magazine I read. I found it fascinating and thought you might enjoy it as well.
Facts about the Torah (the Pentateuch)
Source: Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2015
While a printed copy of the Torah may be used in study, Jewish religious law (halakhah) dictates that only a hand-written Torah scroll may be used in synagogue readings and rituals.
- Halakhah (Jewish religious law) stipulates that a Torah scroll must be written on parchment and that the scribe must use a quill dipped in ink.
- Furthermore, the materials that make up the scroll and ink must come from ritually clean animals.
- Finally, the scribe must be reverent during the entire process of copying the scroll. He does this by saying prayers as he writes.
- A kosher Torah scroll always contains 304,805 letters.
While we do not actually copy the Bible, as Christians we are to faithfully copy it on our hearts. Bible reading and study should be a major part of our lives; we can learn much from the scribes in how we approach the sacred task and privilege of reading and studying the bible.
2 Corinthians 3:3 (NLT)
3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.