a hand / the hand


Senior Member
The fact that he performed this difficult feat, and that his writing was instantly read and understood, argues that he had an unusually clear and readable hand, almost the hand of a professional scribe, one might think. But no writing by Jesus has survived. Nor do we know what he read, apart from the scriptures.
Could you please explain the use of the different articles before the word " hand"
  • grassy

    Senior Member
    It's 'an' because it's mentioned for the first time and it's 'the' because every scribe has their own unique handwriting.