JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen researching scribes #general

David Laskin

I am researching my mother's family (Cohenim) which had a tradition of
Torah scribes going back several generations. I'd love to hear from
others who have scribes in their family trees. I know there is a
Biblical reference (First Chronicles) to "families of scribes" and I'm
wondering if this was an art passed down in families. Was it typical
(or necessary) for a scribe to be a Cohen? If anyone knows of books
or articles that deal specifically with the tradition of the scribe in
Jewish religion, family history, and culture, I'd be grateful to hear

from you. Many thanks. David Laskin, Seattle, WA USA

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