[b-hebrew] Leningrad Codex and "Special Letters"
transcriber at tanach.us
Wed Dec 31 20:24:04 EST 2008
The Unicode/XML Westminster Leningrad Codex at
has a list of verses having large (Note 5), small (Note 6), and
suspended (Note 7) letters in its Supplements:Transcription notes page at
These results describe a total of 13 transcription notes in the
Westminster electronic text and probably do NOT describe all such
instances in the Codex itself. The Firefox browser doesn't display
suspended letters, Internet Explorer 6+ displays them correctly.
Text decorations vary greatly from text to text. For example, the
famous broken vav in Pinchas (Numbers 25:12 in shalom) isn't present in
the Leningrad Codex. Looking at photocopies of the (handwritten)
Leningrad Codex shows how hard it is to decide what is decoration and
what is simply variation.
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