ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Sun Sep 13 17:00:35 EDT 1998
On Sat 12 Sep 98 (20:32:57), jonathan at texcel.no wrote:
> Is there a document that explains the transcription scheme for
Not as far as I am aware. As Biblical Hebrew is a consonantal text with
Massoretic pointing added, I prefer to use BLOCK CAPITALS for the
consonantal text, and lower case for the pointing. The vowel letters
He Yodh and Waw are also capitalised when /plene scripta/.
Waw is Waw not Vav (my preference merely); Shin is Sh; Samech and Sin are
both S. Teth and Taw are both T; Tsodhe is Ts. Cheth is Ch. The vocal shewa
and Chateph vowels are denoted by the appropriate lower case letter; the
silent shewa is omitted.
The letters BeGhaDhKePhaTh are written B G D K P when with daghesh lene or
forte; otherwise Bh Gh Dd Kh and Th when softened. 'aleph is ' (apostrophe)
and `ayin is ` (ascii 96).
This scheme helps me to remember how the Hebrew words are actually spelt,
when I can't use the Hebrew characters in 7-bit ascii. BeReYShiYTh BaRa'
'eLoHiYM 'eTh HaShShaMaYiYM We'eTh Ha'aReTs: (A colon : is Soph Pasuq;
Athnach is a comma , except the caesura in poetry, where I use a semicolon
;). Lesser pauses are omitted.
If in doubt, one can always look up the verse under discussion in the BHS
or in one's Hard-Disc-resident BHS. 8-)
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF
<ben.crick at argonet.co.uk>
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