[b-hebrew] Qeri and ketiv readings

Tigran Aivazian tigran at bibles.org.uk
Mon Mar 21 17:11:34 EST 2005

looks like Chris was asking about the entire huge topic of ketiv/keri in 
general and I narrowed it down to just one specific category which he 
pointed to by referring to Gesenius, namely "ketiv velo kere". But there 
are several other categories and it is not just 2-3 pages but the entire 
1000+ pages of Ginsburg's Introduction (plus Levita plus ben Chayim) which 
must be studied in order to cover it all --- sorry Chris, a lot more 
reading to do for you than I suggested below :)


On Mon, 21 Mar 2005, Tigran Aivazian wrote:

> On Mon, 21 Mar 2005, wattswestmaas wrote:
>> Please can someone elucidate what none of my grammar books seem eager to 
>> explain and that is WHY are they 'passed over'?
> Ah, just re-read your email and I think I see what you are asking (and Isa 
> 9:6 was irrelevant, which confused me). Ok, the answer is that the reason 
> depends on individual case, i.e. you have to consider all of them, one at a 
> time.
> This work has been done already and the results are presented on pages 
> 315-318 of Ginsburg's Introduction, i.e. for every case.
> Generally it is a case of "dittography", i.e. the scribe writing the same 
> word twice or an extra word by mistake...
> Shalom
> Tigran
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