Parsha question - Deut 8:8

Jane Harper jharper at
Thu Aug 17 15:22:34 EDT 2000

Raymond de Hoop wrote:
> The pashta (8a) and the tiphcha (twice, 8b and 8c) are accents of a higher
> grade, whose distinctive force is not as strong as the zaqeph qaton, atnach
> and silluq. 

This gives me a chance to ask a question that my Hebrew teachers were
unable to answer.  I first learned these "accent" marks as ta'amim,
cantillation markers.  Does anybody know how they went from being
melodic notation to being considered accent marks and phrase breaks?

Jane Harper

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