[b-hebrew] Elohiym has a Hireq Yod in the M.T.
pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Mon Sep 15 17:01:09 EDT 2003
> How much Hebrew epigraphic material predating the 6th cent.
> BC is there?
348 inscriptions are transcribed and translated in Gogel, pages 386-494.
> Seeing as the oldest extent texts we have of Genesis are
> copies dating only about 2000 years ago, how can we be sure
> that copyists did not add the yod?
We can't be sure. That's the point.
> Though if that were true,
> wouldn't we expect some examples of "elohim" without a yod to
> survive into the MT?
See Kutscher's monumental _The Language and Linguistic Background of the
Isaiah Scroll_ regarding early scribal orthography.
Ken Penner, McMaster/DSS
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