Number of Old Testament manuscripts

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How many Old Testament manuscripts are there?


It is widely known the fact that a biblical manuscript is any handwritten copy of a portion of the text of the Bible.  Unfortunately, the original manuscripts and early copies of the Old Testament disappeared over time, because of wars (the destruction of the First and Second Temples), and other intentional destructions made by enemies.  It is important to know that the first list of the Old Testament manuscripts in Hebrew, made by Benjamin Kennicott (1776–1780) and published by Oxford, listed 615 manuscripts.


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