[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53:8

George F Somsel gfsomsel at juno.com
Fri Dec 17 14:57:07 EST 2004

On Fri, 17 Dec 2004 20:26:51 +0200 "Vadim Cherny"
<vadim_lv at center-tv.net> writes:
> Karl Randolph wrote:
> > 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. <
> In other words, unpointed text offers more leeway to reach 
> preconceived meaning.
> > 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, <
> Surely not. Take lamo, bmotaw - they are misinterpreted, unless 
> vowels are fixed.
> What you are seemingly trying to prove is that evil Masoretes 
> invented vocalization to confuse Christians. No. Masoretes only put 
> down whatever they heard. And when they heard the word they don't 
> understand, they wrote it down "as is" and marked accordingly. This 
> is the honesty. Masoretes needed not to invent vowels: every Jewish 
> boy learned them since bar Sheta. Tanakh was a living tradition.
> Vadim Cherny
> _______________________________________________

"Evil Massoretes"?  "To confuse Christians"?  Who said that?  I think you
have a bit of a persecution complex. Get over it!


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