A Levite was a man between the ages of twenty and fifty in the days of the Old Testament—a descendent from the line of Aaron that had been called to do priestly work. One of the jobs of the Levites was to transcribe the text of the Torah. These scribes meticulously copied what were on the scrolls given them—the ancient books of the Bible—to make sure every word was accurately and precisely passed down for generations to come. The level of detail and integrity was of utmost importance since this was not just any text; it was a holy text.
Every single letter was duplicated precisely so that not a single error was made. Once the scribe was done with his day’s work, an older Levite would come over to inspect it. This older man would choose a letter at random, and if it didn’t match up perfectly with the original text, the entire scroll was discarded and the scribe would have to start all over again. Continue reading