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Masora's Contribution To Biblical Studies – Revival Of An Ancient Tool

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Modern biblical studies made substantial progress during the last decades. The influence of the Masora on the pronunciation of the text cannot be overemphasized. The exegetic contribution of the Masora can also be seen in midrashic interpretations which have been interpolated into the body of masoretic notes. This chapter guides by examples to a better and more genuine understanding of the Hebrew masoretic text, and also to an attitude of respect for the wisdom of the masoretes, which may come useful in our attempts at a more profound understanding of the Hebrew biblical text. The new edition of the Biblia Hebraica Quinta, which for the first time, displays the original text of both Masora parva (MP) and Masora magna (MM)of codex L alongside the Hebrew text, is an excel- lent opportunity to integrate the study of Masora and make it part of the regular study of the Hebrew text.

Keywords: Masora magna (MM); Masora parva (MP); Masora's contribution; modern biblical studies



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