In Praise of Ancient Scribes

  title={In Praise of Ancient Scribes},
  author={Alan Ralph Millard},
  journal={The Biblical Archaeologist},
  pages={143 - 153}
  • A. Millard
  • Published 1 July 1982
  • History
  • The Biblical Archaeologist
In this analysis of ancient scribal traditions, encouragement is found for greater confidence in the received text of documents and little support is given for the common practice of emending difficult texts. 
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