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The Jews had a tremendous reverence for Scripture. Their copying procedure were very detailed and meticulous. Samuel Davidson provides a listing of the regulations followed by the scribes: 
- A synagogue roll must be written on the skins of clean animals,
- prepared for the particular use of the synagogue by a Jew.
- These must be fastened together with strings taken from certain clean animals.
- Each skin must contain a certain number of columns, equal throughout the entire codex.
- The length of each column must not extend over less than forty-eight or more than sixty lines; and the breadth must consist of thirty letters.
- The whole copy must be first lined; and if three words be written without a line, it is worthless.
- The ink should be black, neither red, green, nor any other color, and be prepared according to a definite recipe.
- An authentic copy must be from an exemplar, from which the transcriber ought not in the least deviate.
- No word or letter, not even a yod, must be written from memory, the scribe not having looked at the codex before him
- Between every consonant the space of a hair or thread must intervene;
- Between every new ... section, the breadth of nine consonants;
- Between every book, three lines.
- The fifth book of Moses must terminate exactly with a line; but the rest need not do so.
- Besides this, the copyist must sit in full Jewish dress,
- Wash his whole body,
- Not begin to write the name of God with a pen newly dipped in ink, 
- And should a king address him while writing that name he must take no notice of him.
 Samuel Davidson, “The Hebrew Text of the Old Testament,” 2nd ed., London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, 1859, p. 89 as shown in “What Everyone Needs To Know About The Bible,” by Don Stewart, Dart Press, p. 62.
 Meaning that a new pen would be used every time the name of God was written, as opposed to a used pen newly dipped in ink.
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