Masoretic text


Masoretic text
The ‘official’ version of the Hebrew Bible, often referred to by the symbol MT. It was settled by rabbis from the end of the 1st cent. CE and notes were appended to ensure accuracy of transmission and pronunciation of the text, which was written only with consonants. In order to avoid confusion of meaning, vowels were added to the text and these became standard in Western Judaism by the end of the 10th cent. CE and later throughout Jewish communities.

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  • Masoretic text — ▪ Jewish Bible       (from Hebrew masoreth, “tradition”), traditional Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible, meticulously assembled and codified, and supplied with diacritical marks to enable correct pronunciation. This monumental work was begun around …   Universalium

  • Masoretic Text — The Masoretic Text (MT …   Wikipedia

  • MASORETIC ACCENTS — (Musical Rendition). HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT In Jewish tradition, the formal reading of certain of the books of the Bible in worship and in study is carried out with a musical intonation linked closely with the masoretic accents of the text and… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Masoretic — Mas o*ret ic, Masoretical Mas o*ret ic*al, a. [Cf. F. massor[ e]tique.] Of or relating to the Masora, or to its authors. [1913 Webster] {Masoretic points and accents}, the vowel points and accents of the Hebrew text of the Bible, of which the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Masoretic points and accents — Masoretic Mas o*ret ic, Masoretical Mas o*ret ic*al, a. [Cf. F. massor[ e]tique.] Of or relating to the Masora, or to its authors. [1913 Webster] {Masoretic points and accents}, the vowel points and accents of the Hebrew text of the Bible, of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Masoretic — adjective Of or relating to the Masora, or to its authors. Masoretic points and accents, the vowel points and accents of the Hebrew text of the Bible, of which the first mention is in the Masora …   Wiktionary

  • Masoretischer Text — Codex Aleppo mit masoretischer Punktation, 925 n. Chr. Der Masoretische Text (von hebr. מסורה masora: „Überlieferung“; abgekürzt M, MT oder MasT) ist ein hebräischer Text des Tanach. Er ist Ergebnis der streng geregelten Bearbeitung älterer Bibel …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • MASORAH — This article is arranged according to the following outline: 1. THE TRANSMISSION OF THE BIBLE 1.1. THE SOFERIM 1.2. WRITTEN TRANSMISSION 1.2.1. Methods of Writing 1.2.1.1. THE ORDER OF THE BOOKS 1.2.1.2. SEDARIM AND PARASHIYYOT …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • BIBLE — THE CANON, TEXT, AND EDITIONS canon general titles the canon the significance of the canon the process of canonization contents and titles of the books the tripartite canon …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • biblical literature — Introduction       four bodies of written works: the Old Testament writings according to the Hebrew canon; intertestamental works, including the Old Testament Apocrypha; the New Testament writings; and the New Testament Apocrypha.       The Old… …   Universalium


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