[b-hebrew] Variant forms of vav with holem

Pere Casanellas pere.casanellas at btlink.net
Tue Jul 29 04:33:35 EDT 2003

I have not at hand now facsimiles of the L and Aleppo manuscripts, but I am 
nearly sure that the editors of the BHS just copied a distinction that 
already is in the manuscript.

I have checked the facsimiles of the following manuscripts and editions 
that I have at hand and all of them differentiate clearly betwen holam + 
vav mater lectionis and vav consonant + holam:

         Gottweig (Austria), Stiftsbibliothek, ms. 10 and 11 (883), XIV or 
XV century (Pentateuch + Prophtets, square Ashkenazic script)

         Second Rabbinic Bible (Venice 1524-1525), by Jacob ben Hayyim.

         Biblia Polyglotta Complutensis (Alcalá de Henares, 1514-1517)

Pere Casanellas
E-mail: pere.casanellas at btlink.net
         pcasanel at pie.xtec.es


At 04:02 25/07/2003 -0700, Peter Kirk wrote:
>I received the following from a contact in Israel:
>>Vav Holam may convey two meanings, either just a vowel or a consonant Vav
>>with the vowel Holam.
>>Some typographers differentiate these two meaning, many do not. I don't now
>>if there is any Masoretic basis for the distinction or if it is late, and
>>whether it is consistently used in those texts that do make the distinction.
>I don't know either. Can someone answer this? There is a typographical 
>distinction in the printed BHS (and an encoding distinction in the 
>Michigan-Claremont-Westminster text. But is there actually a distinction 
>in original MSS like L and Aleppo?
>Peter Kirk
>peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com

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