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Massoreth Ha-Massoreth

Elias Levita Massoreth Ha-MassorethElias Levita

Massoreth Ha-Massoreth
being an exposition of the massoretic notes on the Hebrew Bible, or the ancient critical apparatus of the Old Testament in Hebrew, with an English translation, and critical and explanatory notes, by Christian D. Ginsburg, LL. D.

First Published in 1867




Life of Elias Levita

Information for the Reader

Preface (of Elias Levita)

Introduction I. A Song of Praise, Simple, and of Four Feet

Introduction II. The Rhythmical Introduction, According to German Rhyme

Introduction III. I Shall Now Turn My Face to the Third Introduction



    SECTION I. treats on defective and plene in so far as they relate ta the matres lectiones Vav after Cholem and Shureck, and Jod after Chirek and Tzere.

    SECTION II. treats on the passages wherein the Vav is absent after the Cholem in verbs and nouns, and the difference between them.

    SECTION III. treats on nouns which are Milra and have a Vav plene after the Cholem on the top, and those which are Milra and have not the Vav; as well as of all the Cholems on the articiple Kal, which are generally defective, and most of the plurals feminine which have a Vav at the end.

    SECTION IV. treats on the absent Vav of the Shurek, and on the Kibutz being substituted in its place.

    SECTION V. treats on all the words which have a long Chirek, i. e., Chiruk with a Jod, having mostly Jod; and on those words which have Cholem, being mostly defective of Vav.

    SECTION VI. treats on the quiescent Jod after the Tzere and Segol, as well as on the quiescent Jod after the Kametz of the third person.

    SECTION VII. treats on the plene and defective of monosyllabic words, being small words.

    SECTION VIII. treats on the Massoretic marks, or words, which have two or three quiescents, some being plene and some defective, or all being plene or all defective.

    SECTION IX. treats on words which have a quiescent Aleph, either expressed or not, and which are called 'with audible Alephs,' or 'without audible Alephs.'

    SECTION X. treats on words, the final He of which is either plene or defective, and are called Maphkin He, consisting of four kinds.


    SECTION I. Concerning Keri and Kethiv, divided into seven classes.

    SECTION II. Concerning Kametz and Pattach.

    SECTION III. Concerning Dagesh, Raphe, Mapik, and Sheva.

    SECTION IV. Concerning Milel, Milra, and Pesakim.

    SECTION V. Concerning Registers, Groups, Resemblances, and Parallels.

    SECTION VI. Concerning Junctions, Severances, and Identical.

    SECTION VII. Concerning the Presence or Absence of Prefixes or Serviles.

    SECTION VIII. Concerning Conjectural Readings, Misleadings, and Exchanges.

    SECTION IX. Concerning Letters, Words, Expressions, Short Letters, Accents, Certainties, and Transpositions.

    SECTION X. Concerning Scripture, Book, Form, Connection, and Verse.


Now Before I Finish to Speak, I Shall Compose A New Song

That You May Know How Many Times Each Letter Occurs in the Bible, Read all the Words in this Poem.

Index I. Massoretically Annotated Passages of Scripture Referred to

Index II. Massoretic Lists Quoted Entire

Index III. Massoretic Terms and Abbreviations Explained

Index IV. Massoretic Lists Quoted in this Book, Which Are Also Found in Ochla Ve-Ochla

Index V. Topics and Names

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