[b-hebrew] Is the Massoretic text reliable?

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 16:56:27 EST 2009


On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 1:21 PM, James Christian
<jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com>wrote:

> I would like to believe that all the differences can be ascribed to copyist
> errors and attempts to correct errors but I am strongly suspicious of
> doctrinal forces which influenced those 'copyist errors' and 'corrections'.
> Not too long ago we had a discussion about the different traditions of the
> ages of our ancestors as listed in Genesis. This discussion had bearing on
> your understanding of the organisation of the documents in Genesis and we
> saw that the LXX tradition and *not* the MT tradition better supported your
> position because the maths of the MT tradition made a part of your position
> impossible.

Even in this example, it is understandable as copyist errors.

What do the DSS say in this question? Apparently this section was missing in
the DSS?

> It was also brought to the fore that the figures in the MT tradition may
> have been tampered with for heretical reasons which involved stealing the
> throne of David and the position of High Priest. This strongly throws into
> conjecture that all these differences can be attributed to innocent 'copyist
> errors' and 'corrections'.

I don’t know any of these examples. Where are they?

> James Christian
> Karl W. Randolph.

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