[b-hebrew] phonetic writing, was Initial "Beged Kefet" consonants always have a...

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Oct 25 13:14:36 EDT 2005


But that's just the point. While the number of names that 
Joel Hoffman presented is small, that the same names 
have radically different pronunciations calls all the 
pronunciation schema into question. Further, none of the 
pronunciation points nor transliterations were extant when 
there were still native speakers of Biblical Hebrew to 
interview. The earliest was generations later. Who knows 
what changed before.

And I will add to that that even within the tradition of the 
Masoretic points, it is demonstrable that some of them are 
wrong. Remember, I gave an example concerning 
Proverbs 1:19 a while back.

The probability that after 1000 years of war, upheaval, no 
native speakers, exiles, foreign accents and so forth, that 
the MT should accurately preserve Biblical pronunciation 
is a vanishingly small probability. Hence I can confidently 
claim that the Masoretic points do not reflect Biblical 

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> Joel Hoffman's interesting chart of a rather small number of names 
> was inadequate to show any clear patterns of relationship between 
> the LXX and MT forms of these names. Considerably more names would 
> be needed to show that there are patterns rather than chaos and 
> randomness. The different forms found in other Greek authorities 
> tend to increase the apparent chaos and randomness - although I am 
> not saying that no patterns would emerge from a long and detailed 
> study. This is irrespective of how much weight we give to Dr Buth's 
> conclusions.
> The New Testament does indeed show variations in Greek spelling 
> between different MSS. I guess the same is true of the LXX. As far 
> as I know it has not been demonstrated that these are regional 
> variations rather than diachronic change with time. And I don't see 
> how these differences can be related to Hebrew.
> -- Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> http://www.qaya.org/

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