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.
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