By William R. Scott

This consultant used to be an not obligatory interpreting fabric for considered one of my BH periods. first and foremost I wasn't definite what to make of this consultant, tips on how to use it and what its usefulness is. it's not important for analyzing Biblical Hebrew and will not do you any strong if that is all you need to do. yet it truly is worthy for fogeys who are looking to transcend the textual content itself. The extra I learn BHS and the extra i exploit the Masoretic notes and the serious equipment, the extra beneficial this little booklet turns into. additionally, for an reader, there's a lovely sturdy bibliography that allows you to dig deeper if desired.
Specifically, it covers verse divisions (soph pasuq, seder, etc.), targeted pointing, the Masora (it has short notes at the Masoretes, Masora Finalis, Masora Marginalis -- either Mm and Mp, clarification of the serious gear and accents. additionally, there's an index of abbreviations and logos in Mp and an invaluable checklist of Latin phrases utilized in BHS with English translations. For the fee it is a bargain and definitely a useful gizmo for the reader.

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Prepositive position differentiateS from mehuppāk. xxx tebîr Divides units which end with tiphāh. If this unit iS divided by rebîa`, it is on word preceding tiphāh. Up to 4 servi (dargā , mêrekā , 'azlā ; telîšā ' qetannāh). Group 4: xxx gereš Subordinate to rebîa; paštā ', tebîr or zargā '. One or no servus (mûtzoh). x,& gērešayim Double gereš. Same semantic value as gereš, but different musical value. Usualydivesunitwhc ends with rebia `. 1 or 2 servi. THE ACCENTS 31 xxx pâzēr gātôn (or ātan) Subordinate to rebîa; pap', tebîr or zarqā '.

Rebîa` (qātōn) = used immediately before ôleh weyôrēd. (gādôl) = main divider of unit ending with 'atnah. Rebîa ` ātōn and gal have same symbol. May also be main verse divider for short verse with no 'atnah. Usually only one servus. • Last disjunctive before sillûq. ) Divides sinnôr (POSTPOSITIVE) `ôleh weyôrēd unit. Up to two servi. Postpositive position distinguishes from sinnôrît. Distinguished from šalšelet qetannāh by pasēq following the word. Used in second half of verse preceding the two servi of sillûq.

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