Masoretic Marking in Deut 1:36

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Sat Dec 15 11:09:17 EST 2001

This is interesting as it does actually appear to be an additional
cantillation mark, at least graphically, in the BHS text. It doesn't appear
for example in Helmut Richter's comprehensive website on "Hebrew
Cantillation Marks And Their Encoding",; nor does it appear in Unicode. The
mark in this verse is encoded as an ordinary zaqeph magnum in the SIL Hebrew
text and in at least the Oxford edition of the CCAT BHS text from which this
is derived.

Alternatively, could this be a scribal error in the Leningrad MS or a typo
in BHS? I note that there is an ordinary zaqeph magnum in my N.H. Snaith
Bible Societies Hebrew Bible.

I am copying this (as blind copies) to Helmut Richter and to a couple of SIL
colleagues, as they may be interested and able to comment.

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Wessner [mailto:mark at]
> Sent: 14 December 2001 05:24
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Masoretic Marking in Deut 1:36
> Hi Everyone,
> I am doing some research on Deut 1:36 and have noticed an accent that I
> have not seen before.  Halfway through the verse above ya'an
> there is what
> looks like a zaqeph magnum, except that it is backwards.  Is this simply
> another way of indicating the disjunctive magnum, or is it
> something different?
> Thanks!
> Mark
> PS.  I also note that the Samaritan Pentateuch has kiy rather than ya'an.
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