reading unpointed Hebrew text, was [b-hebrew] Isaiah 53:8

Moshe Shulman mshulman at
Thu Dec 16 19:55:20 EST 2004

At 07:30 PM 12/16/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>Before the Masorites invented the vowel points, all Hebrew was read 
>without points with no problem. All I have done is to return to 
>pre-Masoritic practice. The pre-Masorites were able to read Tanakh quite 
>well, and I find that I prefer to read the unpointed text as it often 
>makes more sense.
>All you need is to read in context, know Biblical Hebrew grammar and what 
>are the possible pronunciations and acceptable alternate spellings, have 
>an understanding of Biblical Hebrew vocabulary, then most of the text can 
>be read easily and readily understood. No problem. Oh yeah, occasionally 
>you have to analyse a sentence to discern which is the subject, verb and 
>object if any, but as long as you know what you are looking for, and what 
>is allowed and not allowed from the grammar and written text, and the 
>meaning usually follows.

Karl, this is very true. I am quite fluent, and I find that it is easier to 
read the texts that do not have vowels then the ones that do. Most of the 
printed Hebrew texts do not have vowels.

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