[b-hebrew] spaces or no spaces

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Aug 26 10:55:53 EDT 2005


The oldest Semitic documents using the Hebrew alphabet that 
I know of had either spaces, or symbols to represent the 
spaces, between words. However, not all of it was carefully 
written, just as handwriting today can make the space so 
small as to make it unrecognizable. Short graffiti is the 
major exception as much of it was not careful.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Jeffers" <susan at read-the-bible.org>

> Greetings b-hebrew folk --
> I teach an Introduction to Biblical Studies course, and I've been trying to
> find out what's the evidence for whether the earliest Hebrew Bible
> manuscripts were written with or without spaces in between the words.  Can
> you help?...
> Susan Jeffers

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