You're talking about spelling in the English language Bob. That's a big difference between Greek, Aramaic, and our English. And spelling was meticulously observed even in ancient times and especially in Judaism. First century Jews were just as meticulous as they were in David's time, and even more so.<quoted text>
Nope. Rigid spelling rules did not come into common practice, until the invention of movable type, and newspapers. The editors of the various newspapers wanted consistency in their written word, so rigid spelling rules came into common use about that time.
Prior to that? Pretty much very localized and regional. Sure there as a lot of commonality, but not NEARLY as rigid as you claim above.
Go study the invention of the idea of a dictionary-- it's a relatively new idea, in writing.
Prior to that? Spelling was a creative art form. There were NO rigid rules as you ludicrously claim.
What makes it WORSE? Books did **NOT** get copied until many generations had passed-- typically.
By the time the copy was began? THE SPELLING RULES HAD CHANGED DRAMATICALLY.
So the copiest had to guess as often as not, what a word meant-- as it wasn't spelled as he was used to.
As for your fantasy about "double checked"...seriously?
Maybe as early as the 19th century......
And even if spellings did change, that doesn't mean that the definitions did. Ancient Judea was a "high context" culture. As long as none of the orthodox doctrines were compromised, then a spelling error wasn't of much consequence. You're still trying to apply modern Western concepts to ancient Eastern practices. It won't work that way.