[b-hebrew] Re: number of consonants

Ken Penner pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Sat Jun 11 13:18:02 EDT 2005

You probably already know about this, but FWIW, Andersen and Forbes have an
appendix in _Studies in Hebrew and Aramaic Orthography_ (Eisenbrauns, 1992)
called "What Did the Scribes Count?" of which one of the sections is "Letter
Counts of the Bible." I don't have the book here, so I can't check what it
has to say. http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/2094


Ken Penner, Ph.D. cand., McMaster University
M.C.S. (Biblical Languages, Greek Focus), M.A. (Hebrew Poetry)
pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
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> Many assorted counts are available at:
> http://www.cvkimball.com/Tanach/Lists/Counts.xml  .
> and I'd be glad to add others. A difference of 43 consonants isn't 
> surprising, however, the question is whether there's some facet of 
> counting I'm not doing correctly.
> Is there any way that one can come up with a total of 603,550 
> "letters 
> in the Torah" as attributed to Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev 
> corresponding 
> to Numbers 1:47, referenced earlier?

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