Natan Kosiorek
Natan Kosiorek voted up Didge Doo's answer

Interesting question but possibly a little skewed.

Back in OT times the vast majority of the population were illiterate. There was no OT, as such, though there were many scrolls that were painstakingly copies by scribes who were fastidious in their work. These contained the scriptures that later became the Torah and the Old Testament.

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Natan Kosiorek
Natan Kosiorek voted up Anonymous' answer

They had tremendous impact for the Israelites, and therefore, the world. Jewish law ushered in Judaism, law combined with tradition, holidays, and sacrifice, and the line of David, which gave us Jesus Christ, the most influential man to ever live.