soferim

sofer

[soh-fer; Sephardic Hebrew saw-fer; Ashkenazic Hebrew soh-fer]
noun, plural soferim [soh-fer-im; Sephardic Hebrew saw-fe-reem; Ashkenazic Hebrew soh-fe-rim] . (often initial capital letter) Judaism.
scribe1 ( def 3 ).

Origin:
< Hebrew sōphēr

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To soferim
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

soferim

any of a group of Jewish scholars who interpreted and taught biblical law and ethics from about the 5th century BC to about 200 BC. Understood in this sense, the first of the soferim was the biblical prophet Ezra, even though the word previously designated an important administrator connected with the Temple but without religious status. Ezra and his disciples initiated a tradition of rabbinic scholarship that remains to this day a fundamental feature of Judaism.

Learn more about soferim with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature