Friday, September 15, 2006

Read the OT in Palaeo-Hebrew script

For those who wish to read the OT in Palaeo-Hebrew script, but not the script of the Samaritan Pentateuch there is a facility to do this here. Unfortunately word dividers are not used which are, as an integral part of the script.


  1. Has anyone read the latest JETS article on Bart Ehrman's new book or read his book, Misquoting Jesus? Ehrman apparently slants the discussion in a way that is popularized without being technically accurate.

  2. Dear David,
    If you use the search facility on the blog (top left) and type 'Ehrman' or 'Misquoting Jesus' you will find plenty of posts which are germane to the subject. I guess there's been something on this blog about it at least every month since last January.

    Perhaps the most relevant message for a start is here.

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  4. (this has respelled the original comment deleted above)
    Without spending much time on the referred website, I noted that the transliteration is 'strange', not Judean/Massoretic Hebrew, not really useful.
    There is a paleo-script Hebrew Bible available on line.
    The Karaite website has a paleo-script HB for downloading, with word divisions included.
    I would recommend this for those wanting to practice read Phoenician-script.

  5. Thanks. I love their copyright notice:

    "Copyright Notice: The Tanach is copyright YHWH, Most High God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, c.1500 BCE. The electronic version is public domain."

    Slightly suprising date, but I don't know anything about Karaite chronology.

  6. Presumably, the Qaraite chronology follows an 'early date' Exodos + torah, working back 480 years from Shlomo.
    It is an interesting 'public domain' statement, because the Torah is also given to mankind. It is public domain in the sense as for us to use, while ha-shem "maintains copyright". We can use and copy, but are not allowed to change.

  7. Yes, 480 years before Solomon, but when are they dating Solomon? That's the interesting bit.

  8. Ussher dated the Exodus to 1491 BC, with Mt Sinai the following year. That's close enough to 'c. 1500 BCE' for the writing of the Law.

    The use of 'BCE' rather than the AM numbers of the Seder 'Olam Rabbah shows the political influence of the electronic age.