[b-hebrew] FW: Meteg and Shva Na/Nah

AMK Judaica amkjudaica at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 16 14:38:58 EST 2008

Karl, a) for those of us interested in the accuracy of the masoretic text, even little lines like the meteg are important. (i'm not looking to debate the possibility or futility of determining "the" masoretic text, but rather trying to convey why a little line is important to some people.) b) fixing the masoretic text is a worthwhile task in its own right, but also note that the bible features prominently in contemporary jewish liturgy and hazzanim/ba'ale keri'ah (lectors) should (ideally) take the meteg into account when reading. c) rivka's orginal question about the meteg had to do with the question of whether or not it has implications for the opening or closure of a syllable, which i suspect has to do with her interest in the kamatz vowel. so it's not solely about one little line, but rather another little line with a dot underneath as well. d) vocalization and cantillation markings in general were added to the text long after biblical hebrew ceased to be a spoken language. so why single out the meteg for disregard? as an aside, your comment about the insignificance of the meteg reminds me about a comment about the dagesh. gerson rosenzweig was an immigrant humorist, poet and shoe salesman (he advertised his store in the hebrew press under the name bet xalutz ha-na'al!) on new york's lower east side at the end of the 19th c.at the end of his "shirim, meshalim u-mikhtamim" (ny, 1893) he blamed the typsetter for any errors in the text and asked "the careful reader to take misplaced degeshim and place them where they are missing, and if there are not enough he should inform me and i will send him the missing degeshim. if there are extras, he may keep them as a gift." kol tuv,ari kinsberg > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 10:58:53 -0800> From: kwrandolph at gmail.com> To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Meteg and Shva Na/Nah> > For another view on this controversy:> > I´m a little amused at the amount of electronic ink metaphorically spilled> in this discussion, of a symbol that does not appear on my computer when I> read Tanakh. Please don´t take it personally, as in this message I have no> intention to single out any individual, rather this is an example of how> grmmarians love to wax long on minutiae, while in the bigger picture of the> language, this was added long after Biblical Hebrew ceased to be spoken and> is sometimes wrong.> > Carry on, this is just a comment from the peanut gallery.> > Karl W. Randolph.> _______________________________________________> b-hebrew mailing list> b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/b-hebrew

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