[b-hebrew] masoretes (Matres Lectionis)

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Mon Jul 15 04:44:54 EDT 2013

The use of matres lectionis, in which consonant letters are used not as consonants but as vowel markers, is attested at a very early stage of Hebrew. It is arguably (!) in evidence in pre-exilic Hebrew inscriptions, but seems to become more fully developed during the Persian Era. It is widely attested at Qumran.

Dean of Research,
Moore Theological College (moore.edu.au)
Sydney, Australia

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