[b-hebrew] Is the Massoretic text reliable?

Petr Tomasek tomasek at etf.cuni.cz
Sat Nov 21 03:07:22 EST 2009

> It is possible that well-intentioned Masoretes “corrected” what they thought
> were errors due to their theological leanings, there are lists that make

Please don't mix scribes and masoretes.

> that claim. I would like to see more details to see how accurate are those
> claims. But as of yet I have seen no details, nor do I know where to look.
> Is it possible that those details don’t exist?
> On the whole, I have been told that there are remarkably few changes between
> the DSS and the MT, fewer on an order of magnitude or more when compared
> with other literature from the same period. As a result, I can be pretty
> sure that when I read MT that on the whole I’m getting an accurate rendition
> of the original. But if more accurate is possible, that is preferred.
> I wish there were a critical edition that corrects some of the obvious
> errors of the MT instead of mechanically following the MT exactly.
> Corrections recognized by DSS and other MSS findings, backed up by
> translations found in LXX, NT, Vulgate and others.

There are such attempts, see http://ohb.berkeley.edu/

However I would argue that it is hard to tell what an "obvious error"
is. Many times they prove to be not the case...


Petr Tomasek <http://www.etf.cuni.cz/~tomasek>
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