I don't really understand the meaning of the term: "Industry sources" in this text. please aware me.

"Details of the agreement have yet to be made public, but industry sources have said Noble and Delek will be allowed to keep control of Leviathan, the world's largest offshore gas discovery of the past decade. "

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    As @Kevin has indicated in his answer, outward makes no sense here. Please edit your question accordingly. I would edit it myself, but only you know your intent. May 12 '20 at 19:53
  • If you're trying to Ask about the relationship of "outward" and "appearance" can you make that more clear? If that's what you mean, "appearance" and "outward appearance" are virtually interchangeable except for a difference in emphasis. Either way, "outward" by itself has so little place here it seems merely bizarre. May 12 '20 at 21:22
  • Is this not the same Question as english.stackexchange.com/questions/534042/…? May 12 '20 at 22:32

In response to Your idea?, how about letter, as in the letter of the law? From M-W:

the letter of the law: exactly what the law says

Your example:

The Pharisee Jews were extremely legalistic. That is to say, they were paying attention to the letter of the religious orders (i.e., the letter of the law) … rather than ...

People often contrast the letter of the law (e.g., of religious orders) to the spirit of the law (e.g., of religious orders).

  • I'm guessing that the intent is to refer to appearance vs actual practice or perhaps spirit.
    – Hot Licks
    May 12 '20 at 20:32
  • @HotLicks We're both guessing ... May 12 '20 at 20:35

"Outward" by itself makes no sense here.

they were paying attention to the appearance of religious order

Sounds perfectly natural to me.

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    Perhaps the OP intended outward appearance rather than outward alone? I'll comment on the question. May 12 '20 at 19:52

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