[b-hebrew] Excess consonants in the WLC Torah.
Christopher V. Kimball
mail at cvkimball.com
Sun Jun 5 20:18:14 EDT 2005
A computerized count of the number of consonants in the normal + kethib
sections of the Torah books of the WLC Tanach is 304,848. The Koren
edition of the Torah (Torah, Nevi'im, uKetuvim [Jerusalem: Koren, 1962])
has 304,805 consonants (see "The Bible 'Codes': A Textual Perspective,
Jeffrey H Tigay, University of Pennsylvania, October 13, 1999
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~jtigay/codetext.html , reference 5. ). Thus
the Koren edition has 43 fewer consonants than the WLC. (A 0.01441%
Do differences of this level (43 out of 305848) seem plausible? Is
there an accepted explanation?
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