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[skrahyb] /skraɪb/
noun
1.
a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of printing.
2.
a public clerk or writer, usually one having official status.
3.
Also called sopher, sofer. Judaism. one of the group of Palestinian scholars and teachers of Jewish law and tradition, active from the 5th century b.c. to the 1st century a.d., who transcribed, edited, and interpreted the Bible.
4.
a writer or author, especially a journalist.
verb (used without object), scribed, scribing.
5.
to act as a scribe; write.
verb (used with object), scribed, scribing.
6.
to write down.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin scrība clerk, derivative of scrībere to write
Related forms
scribal, adjective
unscribal, adjective

scribe2

[skrahyb] /skraɪb/
verb (used with object), scribed, scribing.
1.
to mark or score (wood or the like) with a pointed instrument as a guide to cutting or assembling.
noun
2.
Origin
1670-80; perhaps aphetic form of inscribe
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British Dictionary definitions for scribes

scribe

/skraɪb/
noun
1.
a person who copies documents, esp a person who made handwritten copies before the invention of printing
2.
a clerk or public copyist
3.
(Old Testament) a recognized scholar and teacher of the Jewish Law
4.
(Judaism) a man qualified to write certain documents in accordance with religious requirements
5.
an author or journalist: used humorously
6.
another name for scriber
verb
7.
to score a line on (a surface) with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
Derived Forms
scribal, adjective
Word Origin
(in the senses: writer, etc) C14: from Latin scrība clerk, from scrībere to write; C17 (vb): perhaps from inscribe

Scribe

/French skrib/
noun
1.
Augustin Eugène (oɡystɛ̃ øʒɛn). 1791–1861, French author or coauthor of over 350 vaudevilles, comedies, and libretti for light opera
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Word Origin and History for scribes

scribe

n.

c.1200, "professional interpreter of the Jewish Law" (late 11c. as a surname), from Church Latin scriba "teacher of Jewish law," used in Vulgate to render Greek grammateus (corresponding to Hebrew sopher "writer, scholar"), special use of Latin scriba "keeper of accounts, secretary, writer," from past participle stem of scribere "to write;" see script (n.). Sense "one who writes, official or public writer" in English is from late 14c.

v.

"to write," mid-15c., from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

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scribes in the Bible

anciently held various important offices in the public affairs of the nation. The Hebrew word so rendered (sopher) is first used to designate the holder of some military office (Judg. 5:14; A.V., "pen of the writer;" R.V., "the marshal's staff;" marg., "the staff of the scribe"). The scribes acted as secretaries of state, whose business it was to prepare and issue decrees in the name of the king (2 Sam. 8:17; 20:25; 1 Chr. 18:16; 24:6; 1 Kings 4:3; 2 Kings 12:9-11; 18:18-37, etc.). They discharged various other important public duties as men of high authority and influence in the affairs of state. There was also a subordinate class of scribes, most of whom were Levites. They were engaged in various ways as writers. Such, for example, was Baruch, who "wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Lord" (Jer. 36:4, 32). In later times, after the Captivity, when the nation lost its independence, the scribes turned their attention to the law, gaining for themselves distinction by their intimate acquaintance with its contents. On them devolved the duty of multiplying copies of the law and of teaching it to others (Ezra 7:6, 10-12; Neh. 8:1, 4, 9, 13). It is evident that in New Testament times the scribes belonged to the sect of the Pharisees, who supplemented the ancient written law by their traditions (Matt. 23), thereby obscuring it and rendering it of none effect. The titles "scribes" and "lawyers" (q.v.) are in the Gospels interchangeable (Matt. 22:35; Mark 12:28; Luke 20:39, etc.). They were in the time of our Lord the public teachers of the people, and frequently came into collision with him. They afterwards showed themselves greatly hostile to the apostles (Acts 4:5; 6:12). Some of the scribes, however, were men of a different spirit, and showed themselves friendly to the gospel and its preachers. Thus Gamaliel advised the Sanhedrin, when the apostles were before them charged with "teaching in this name," to "refrain from these men and let them alone" (Acts 5:34-39; comp. 23:9).

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