[b-hebrew] Is the Massoretic text reliable?

Petr Tomasek tomasek at etf.cuni.cz
Tue Nov 17 13:50:34 EST 2009


On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 10:20:24AM -0800, K Randolph wrote:
> Thanks, Petr:
> 
> It is my understanding that these are textual witnesses.

Some scholars won't agree.
See e.g. W. Emery Barnes. Ancient Corrections in the Text of the Old Testament (Tiḳḳun Sopherim),
JThS 1 (1899-1900) 387-414.

> I did see a discussion of the first one, Genesis 18:22, where the change was
> noted and why: the original had the Lord standing before Abraham. But the
> Masoretes concluded that the inferior stands before the superior, that it’s
> not merely a spacial statement, therefore they changed the verse to say that
> Abraham stood before the Lord. But I don’t have any information about the
> other passages.
> 
> Karl W. Randolph.
> 

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