[b-hebrew] Is the Massoretic text reliable?

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Nov 16 13:14:30 EST 2009


Are there online sources for textual criticism, or do we still have to buy
the information either in dead trees or paid for software?

I know that in well over 90% of the Kethib/Qere examples, I find the Kethib
is the preferred according to context and meaning. I also have a list of 17
verses where the Masoretes admit to changing the verses, but only the verses
are listed without noting which changes were made. I also have a .pdf with
the Nahal Heber photo of Psalm 22:16–18 in which I noted two variants from
the Masoretic text, both of which I anticipated because of grammar and
context. How many other variants are readily available? And where?

Karl W. Randolph.

On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 11:24 AM, Gary Hedrick <garyh at cjfm.org> wrote:

> Yes, Jim, this is interesting. Remember, too, that Hebrews 1:6 in the NT
> quotes an OT passage that doesn't appear in the MT ("And let all the angels
> of Elohim bow down to Him"). However, it IS in the Qumran version of Deut.
> 32:43, and also in the LXX rendering of that same verse. (You'll find
> earlier discussions about this on B-Hebrew in the archives at
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/b-hebrew/2009-February/037203.htmlwhere
> Bryant Williams quotes from Beale and Carson on this question.) So this
> sort
> of puts textual criticism on its ear because the Greek NT is, in effect,
> correcting the Hebrew MT. As Spock might say: "Fascinating."
> More info here: www.thedivinecouncil.com/DT32BibSac.pdf I like the way
> BibSac puts the three primary sources side by side for easier comparison.
> Gary Hedrick
> San Antonio, TX USA

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