The student of the contemporary academy recognizes the complex elaborations of medieval rabbis as impressive acts of faith, which cloak and recast the underlying maculations of the text and its divergences from oral law.
The school that compiled and promoted the composite scriptures was well aware of the various maculations of the text.
On the other hand, we shall have to respond to the modern religious Jew who confronts the maculation of the written holy word.
As the rigors of analytical science have occluded the comforts of mythology in the human psyche, the modern religious Jew has become ever more unable to believe that maculation in the scriptural Torah does not exist as such.
Whatever the cause of textual maculation, one must conclude that with respect to those places where rabbinic law departs irreconcilably from the written word, religious loyalty to this written word cannot have been complete.
In short, the intellectual irritations that accompany textual maculation are less irksome than the problems risked by eliminating textual difficulties through scribal intervention, thereby undermining holiness and disturbing links to the past.