The Hebrew Bible

Geoffrey Khan

in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780198601180
Published online April 2009 |
 The Hebrew Bible

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This chapter examines the components of the Tiberian Masoretic tradition, consisting of the Tiberian reading tradition and six written components. The written components were transmitted by scribes, but the Tiberian reading tradition was soon forgotten and the Tiberian Masoretic text was read in Jewish communities with other reading traditions. Two of the surviving model Tiberian Masoretic codices are described that have come to be regarded as among the most important and have been used in modern critical editions. The background of each of the components of the Tiberian Masoretic tradition is then examined. These include the Masoretic consonantal text, the division of text into paragraphs according to content, accent signs marked above and below words, vocalization, and writing of notes in the margins of the Bible codices.

Keywords: Tiberian Masoretic texts; scripture; codices

Chapter.  14755 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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