[b-hebrew] Initial "Beged Kefet" consonants always have a...

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Sat Oct 8 15:22:13 EDT 2005

On 06/10/2005 21:16, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman wrote:

> ...
>It's not a prosodic rule.  It's not hard to find examples in Tanach of
>the same prosody with different trope types, and, hence, different
>BEGED KEFET behavior.  The Masoretes invented this arbitrary
>inter-word rule (and, actually, for all we know, invented the entire

This last part sounds improbable to me. The Masoretes recorded what they 
heard, in the tradition of chanting the Bible which they knew. So they 
must have heard a distinction corresponding to dagesh, and heard that 
the dagesh pronunciation was not used after a vowel even in a previous 
word within a short phrase. And there is surely pre-Masoretic evidence 
for the different pronunciations of begadkepat letters in 
transliterations into Greek, Latin etc.

Peter Kirk
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