He covers the Biblical Masora and its influence, the Masoretic text
in time and space, and the Masora in interaction with other disciplines.
A recent article by Stuart Irvine adduced new arguments for the emendation of the Masoretic Text
(MT) [phrase omitted] 'according to their understanding' in Hos.
(56) It is possible that, also in the biblical context, these two types of pluralities should be understood as emerging from two different (temporal) contexts: the "open source" model used at the earlier stages, when no central authority had yet emerged (or when it had collapsed, for whatever reason, as would have been the case after 586 BCE), and the "closed source" model taking place after a central text, such as the Masoretic text
, had already been established.
This full-page advertisement of October 7 contained yet another point about the Yehoash Bible that extended beyond the realm of simply promoting modern Yiddish culture: it noted that the translation followed the Masoretic text
, "the text that is in the Torah scroll." (21) This description served as an assertion of authenticity that would have been important to traditional audiences and which was emphasized much more prominently in later years by the YFG.
Information about the unique features of the Masoretic text
(a text "key to the Jewish Bible's history, or better yet, the key to its Jewishness"), and about the necessarily interpretive work of vocalization and translation, proves to be an exciting introduction to the Bible's evolution, while some of Stern's terminological presentations (here, midrash is "the rabbinic name for Bible study") are both curious and illuminating.
Theodotion has chapter two of Daniel take place in the second year of his reign as in the Masoretic Text
. However the Old Greek has a different version of the verse which resolves the chronological difficulty, the events take place in the twelfth year of Nabouchodonosor's reign.
137:7-9, from The Writings-Ketuvim: A New Translation of the Hebrew Scriptures according to the Masoretic Text
, Third Section (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1982).
Both textual variants are attested to by authentic witnesses to the Jewish tradition--Josephus and the community at Qumran favored one reading ("it was about a month"), the Masoretic Text
the other ("he held his peace").
Biblical references: A new translation of The Holy Scriptures according to the Masoretic text
in three volumes, The Torah, The Writings and The Prophets, Philadelphia, The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1962, 1982, 1978.
Vossius's radical views included a rejection of the authority of the Hebrew Masoretic text
in preference for Chinese sources and his own rational conjectures, although such a conjectural method, as Anthony Grafton shows, was in use for centuries and by seemingly conservative figures such as Vossius senior himself.
Biblical in this case refers to the 24 books of the Masoretic Text
of the Old Testament.