Massoretic 16

Stig Norin stig.norin at teol.uu.se
Tue Sep 14 13:04:17 EDT 1999


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When the Hebrew Letters are used as numbers we now that "Y Alef"=11, "Y B"
= 12 a.s.o. We have also learnt that certain combinations that could be
read as the Divine Name are avoided. So "Y H" and "Y W" are replaced with
"Tet W" and "Tet Z" for 15 and 16.

However I just found that in the Massora Parva of BHS to Deut 6,1 "Y W" is
used for 16.

I could be interesting if anyone specialized in masoretic studies has any
comment to this. Is it possible to find examples for 15 also or is it only
16?


Stig Norin

Uppsala

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