Bearpecs at Bearpecs at
Tue Jul 30 23:40:34 EDT 2002

In a message dated 7/30/02 7:25:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time, dwashbur at 
> But if we assume the Masoretes were preserving the pronunciation 
> traditions as handed down to them, they should have known, as well.  So 
> none of this 
> really helps to explain the phenomenon under consideration. 

I don't understand this.  This Masoretes considered the consonantal text as 
fixed and pointed HW) as hi' when it was feminine because that was their 
pronunciation even though it did not correspond with the text.  If the text 
at one time was written in a script in which like DSS the waw and yod were 
virtually indistinguishable, later conservative scribes could well have 
uniformly written HW) for HY) even though they knew very well how to 
pronounce it.  This may well be evidence (as confusing as it is) for dating 
the fixing of the standard orthography of the Torah, but I do not at all see 
why this needs to be evidence for dating the composition of the Torah.

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