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Is it the general belief that Nach is unchanged since it was written? That the transmission of Nach is as reliable as that of Torah? What types of methods are in place to ensure its accuracy and authenticity? For example, a Torah is disqualified if even a single letter was added/deleted, must be entirely copied from another scroll, the scribe must be trained and learned, and other checks and balances. Does the writing down of Nach require the same?

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15715 –  msh210 Dec 26 '13 at 6:12
...and I seem to recall this is a duplicate of a preexisting question on-site, though I'm not finding it now. –  msh210 Dec 26 '13 at 6:15
Just FYI, there's a small religious group (the Samaritans) who accept the Torah but not Nach. –  Malper Dec 26 '13 at 6:45
@Malper, I didn't realize that was their belief. Thanks for sharing! They also believe they are Jews, although the Jews have always denied it. –  aharon katz Dec 26 '13 at 6:51
@MonicaCellio, thanks! I've incorporated all your edits into my original one. –  aharon katz Dec 27 '13 at 2:15

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"Is it the general belief that Nach is unchanged since it was written? "


Nach is not as strictly recorded as the Torah is. The DeadSea scrolls for example show many variants on Nach. And you will notice in Nach many "corrections" marked in the mikrot gdolot. The differences between various versions of Nach are not extreme though. I.e. there is no version that praises something, and another version that condems it. The average person reading through all the manuscripts of Nach, without a critical eye, likely would not even notice there are differences.

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Excellent answer. Thank you! –  aharon katz Dec 27 '13 at 2:16
Many editions of tanach print lists of differences in the back too. –  Yitzchak Dec 27 '13 at 2:33
Just because the Dead Sea scrolls changed the text doesn't mean we did –  Shmuel Brin Dec 27 '13 at 2:35
@ShmuelBrin And in fact, many of the most noticeable changes in the Dead Sea scrolls (namely מלא spellings like כול, לוא, etc.) are clearly later additions. –  Malper Dec 27 '13 at 3:02
@DoubleAA in that case, just source is wrong. –  Shmuel Brin Dec 27 '13 at 4:16

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