[b-hebrew] be-ne vs. ve-ne

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Tue Dec 28 00:44:38 EST 2010


On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 8:47 PM, Paul Zellmer <pzellmer at sc.rr.com> wrote:

>> To put this in more technical terminology, your stated opinion of your own
> question looks at the Masoretic markings as being prescriptive when they
> were actually descriptive.  They were following the sounds of the language
> as they actually heard, without regard for *why* the sounds were pronounced
> that way.
>> Paul Zellmer
> I’ll add to what Paul said, in that we don’t know how Biblical Hebrew was
pronounced when it was the language of the street and hearth. The Masoretic
points only indicate a local dialect of Hebrew as it was spoken at the
Masoretic time. And I accept it as descriptive rather than prescriptive.

Karl W. Randolph.

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