[b-hebrew] Is the Massoretic text reliable?

James Christian jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com
Wed Nov 25 14:27:25 EST 2009


2009/11/23 K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com>

> James:
> 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.
I really don't see how this could be a copyist error. Can you suggest the
copy logic that could have led to such an error?

James Christian

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