The Hebrew for "what is written", kethib refers to the consonants found in the Hebrew text and preserved by scribal tradition. Scribes wrote the consonants of suggested corrections (the qere, "what is to be read") in the margin. They put the vowels of the correction around the consonants in the text indicating the need for correction while maintaining (the consonants of) what was written (kethib).
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