[b-hebrew] Paragraph marks in Hebrew text

Richard Burks rburks9400 at comcast.net
Wed Aug 18 10:18:31 EDT 2004

Prof.  Woodruff,

Thanks,  I have Tov's work and have read it in the past, I just didn't see
his reference when I was looking the other day, and I just got to wondering
once again what the difference was.

Since your note, I pulled his book down and read the relevant material
Thanks again.

Bill Burks

On 8/17/04 6:26 PM, "Kevin W. Woodruff" <cierpke at prodigy.net> wrote:

> Bill:
> Your best bet would be to read the section in Emanuel
> Tov's Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible. 2nd
> edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001. pp 50-53:
> A unit in the Masoretic Text beginning a new topic (a
> main subdivision) started on a new line. Thus the last
> line had to be left blank after the last word of the
> preceding unit. For this practice the Masoretes used
> the term parashah p'tuchah (open section). The main
> textual unit could itself be subdivided into smaller
> units separated by a space-amounting to nine letters
> according to the later tradition-within the line. For
> the spacing in the middle of the line the Masoretes
> used the term parasha s'tumah (clesed section)
> These are presprestned by the the letters pe and
> samekh respectively.
> Kevin 
> --- Richard Burks <rburks9400 at comcast.net> wrote:
>> All, 
>> I have read several volumes about textual criticism,
>> each talk about
>> paragraph marks as the end of paragraphs in the MT.
>> However they don't
>> discuss what the significance might be of a "open
>> paragraph" verses a
>> "closed paragraph".  Someone out there have some
>> thoughts on this.
>> Bill Burks
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