[b-hebrew] Leningrad Codex and "Special Letters"

Brak Brak at neo.rr.com
Wed Dec 31 23:37:04 EST 2008

I am aware of the handful of instances listed in the WLC. But I am 
looking for a complete list. The WLC only indicate the presences of a 
handful of the large, small, and suspended letters - as well as the 
inverted nun. But there is none provided for other "special letters", 
plus I would suspect that the LC has more than just the few that the WLC 
has marked. Hence my inquiry into a listing. Since the text has been 
around for such a long time, I am hoping that someone has cataloged them.

John Steven

"He who makes a mistake is still our friend; he who adds to or shortens 
a melody is still our friend; but he who violates a rhythm unawares can 
no longer be our friend."
-Ishaq Ibn Ibrahim 767-850 CE.

"If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you 
-Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

"The difference between the intelligent man and the simpleton is not the 
correctness of their decisions, but rather the cunning sinner can more 
skillfully defend and justify his iniquity."
- Rabbi Tovia Singer

Christopher Kimball wrote:
> The Unicode/XML Westminster Leningrad Codex at
> http://www.tanach.us/Tanach.xml
> has a list of verses having large (Note 5), small (Note 6), and 
> suspended (Note 7) letters in its Supplements:Transcription notes page at
> http://www.tanach.us/Supplements/Notes.xml
> 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.
> Chris Kimball
> West Redding, CT 
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