[b-hebrew] Excess consonants in the WLC Torah.

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Mon Jun 6 12:05:48 EDT 2005

I think that a difference of this amount is not only plausible, but probable.

Looking at your stats listed below, spaces between words (in archaic Hebrew, dots) are not counted, while Maqefs (which did not exist in archaic Hebrew) are counted as consonants. Add to that that spelling was often fluid, it’s almost surprising that the differences add up to only 43.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher V. Kimball" <mail at cvkimball.com>
> 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% difference.)
> Do differences of this level (43 out of  305848) seem plausible?  
> Is there an accepted explanation?

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