[b-hebrew] The acronym Tanakh

Tory Thorpe torythrp at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 15 18:13:47 EDT 2007

Dear Yigal,

That may take a day or so, as I'm away from my library.
Of course, if you have access to Frensdorff's Die Massora
Magna (New York: KTAV, 1968) you can have a look there 
in the meantime. Again from memory, both the Aramaic acronym 
and its Hebrew equivalent appear first in Masoretic literature, 
so it would seem they originate quite late.

Tory Thorpe

Yigal Levin <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il> wrote: Thanks, Tory.

Do you have a reference for the use of 'n''k ?  And do you know when the Hebrew form first appeared?

Yigal Levin

  It appears for the first time in the literature of the Masoretic movement
  being derived from the Aramaic 'oraita, nevi'ei ukhtivei of B. Kid. 49a.
  The original acronym was in the form 'n''k (Masoretic notes are usually 
  in Aramaic). Tanakh is the Hebrew reflection of the Masoretic term.

  Tory Thorpe


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