Dave Washburn dwashbur at
Mon Jul 29 22:34:07 EDT 2002

> Although I have no comment on the cause of this perpetual qeri'/kethib, I do think it 
> should be obvious that it has no bearing on the validity of the documentary hypothesis. 
> The consistency of the phenomenon in Torah and relative absence outside it seems 
> more indicative of a global change in orthography than any difference or lack thereof in 
> source. 
> ---
It's easy to declare such a hypothesis "obvious," isn't it?  Especially since there is no 
documentary or linguistic evidence to either affirm or refute it.  That's the beauty of 
this field: one can toss out just about any idea and have a 50-50 chance of being 

Dave Washburn

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