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The Masorah of the Former Prophets in the Leningrad Codex (Vol. 1: Joshua)


Vol. 1: Joshua


This work represents the first time that a major part of the masorah of the great Leningrad Codex, that of the Former Prophets, is being published with an English translation and commentary. Almost nine-thousand notes are transcribed and annotated with biblical references.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0598-0
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Texts and Studies 14
Publication Date: Jul 12,2017
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 451
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0598-0
$80.00

This work represents the first time that a major part of the masorah of the great Leningrad Codex, that of the Former Prophets, is being published with an English translation and commentary. The translation and commentary is preceded by an Introduction which deals with topics such as description of the importance of the Leningrad Codex, the Masorah and its development, the Masorah of the Leningrad Codex, and the relation of the Leningrad’s Masorah to the accepted text of the Hebrew Bible. Every masoretic note in the Leningrad Codex that accompanies the text of the six books of the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel,1 Kings, and 2 Kings) is transcribed, translated and annotated Every occurrence of each lemma is provided with its biblical references, and an indication is given as to where else in the ms. a note for any particular lemma may be found. Furthermore, and most originally, an attempt is made to suggest a reason for each note. The presentation employed in this work is user friendly so, for example, catchwords that occur in the Masoretic notes are arranged horizontally to correspond to their biblical references. This arrangement not only enables readers to immediately see the contexts where lemmas occur, but also to see where the lemmas are distributed in various sections of the Bible. Another aid for students is that all Hebrew references, other than in the ms., are given in a fully vocalized form.

This work represents the first time that a major part of the masorah of the great Leningrad Codex, that of the Former Prophets, is being published with an English translation and commentary. The translation and commentary is preceded by an Introduction which deals with topics such as description of the importance of the Leningrad Codex, the Masorah and its development, the Masorah of the Leningrad Codex, and the relation of the Leningrad’s Masorah to the accepted text of the Hebrew Bible. Every masoretic note in the Leningrad Codex that accompanies the text of the six books of the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel,1 Kings, and 2 Kings) is transcribed, translated and annotated Every occurrence of each lemma is provided with its biblical references, and an indication is given as to where else in the ms. a note for any particular lemma may be found. Furthermore, and most originally, an attempt is made to suggest a reason for each note. The presentation employed in this work is user friendly so, for example, catchwords that occur in the Masoretic notes are arranged horizontally to correspond to their biblical references. This arrangement not only enables readers to immediately see the contexts where lemmas occur, but also to see where the lemmas are distributed in various sections of the Bible. Another aid for students is that all Hebrew references, other than in the ms., are given in a fully vocalized form.

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Contributor Biography

David Marcus

David Marcus is Professor of Bible and Masorah at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He authored the book of Ezra–Nehemiah for the new Biblia Hebraica Quinta series being published in Stuttgart by the German Bible Society, and remains a Masorah reviewer for that project. His latest book Scribal Wit: Aramaic Mnemonics in the Leningrad Codex was published last year by Gorgias Press.

Table of Contents (v)

Abbreviations (vii)

Preface (ix)

Chapter One: Introduction (xiii)

   The Leningrad Codex (xiii)

   Previous Publications of The Masorah of The Leningrad Codex (xiv)

   Recently Published Masorahs of Other Early Manuscripts (xv)

   The Masorah of the Cairo Codex (xv)

   The Masorah of the Aleppo Codex (xv)

   The Masorah of JTS 232 (xvi)

   The Masorah of Codex Leningrad M (xvi)

   The Masorah of the Madrid Codex (xvi)

Chapter Two: The Text of the Corpus (xix)

   The Accepted Masoretic Text = M (xxi)

Chapter Three: The Transmission of the Masorah (xxv)

Chapter Four: The Masorah of the Corpus (xxix)

   Alterations to the text of the Masorah (xxix)

   Type of Notes in the Masorah of ML (xxx)

   Distribution of the Mp Notes (xxxii)

   Parallel Mp notes (xxxiii)

   Checking on apparent errors (xxxiii)

   Finding a reason for the note (xxxiv)

   Discovering different aspects of a lemma (xxxiv)

   Relationship of the Mp and the Mm (xxxv)

   Elaboration of the Mp note (xxxv)

   Correction of error in the Mp (xxxv)

   Dealing with separate issues (xxxvi)

   Catchwords and Mnemonics (xxxvi)

Chapter Five: Reasons for the Masoretic Notes (xxxix)

Chapter Six: How the Corpus is Arranged (xlvii)

   Textual notes concerning the Mp (lii)

   Textual notes concerning the Mm (liv)

Works Cited (lv)

Joshua (1)

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