- n. a vast body of textual criticism of the Hebrew Scriptures including notes on features of writing and on the occurrence of certain words and on variant sources and instructions for pronunciation and other comments that were written between AD 600 and 900 by Jewish scribes in the margins or at the end of texts
“This vast heterogeneous mass of traditions and criticisms, compiled and embodied in writing, forms what is known as the Masorah, i.e. Tradition.”
“Cabbalists, so those who studied and taught the Masorah were called the”
“Maccabees, after they had no more prophets; the Masorah, since Jesus Christ.”
“Masorah zum O. (Amsterdam, 1896); BREDERECK, Concordanz zum T.O. (Giessen, 1906); IDEM, Uber die Art der Ubersetzung im T.Onk. in”
“In the sixth century the school of Tiberias produced the celebrated Masorah, or fixed”
“The high reputation of this authorized translation is shown by the fact that it has a Masorah of its own.”
“Kinôth was removed, as a poetic work, from the collection of prophetic books and placed among the Kethúhîm, or Hagiographa, cannot be quoted as a decisive argument against its Jeremiac origin, as the testimony of the Septuagint, the most important witness in the forum of Biblical criticism, must in a hundred other cases correct the decision of the Masorah.”
“But in other cases the shorter recension of the Septuagint, amounting to about 100 words, which can be opposed to its large lacunæ, as compared with the Masorah, are sufficient proof that considerable liberty was taken in its preparation.”
“The Samaritan Josue recently discovered, resembles the Sept. more closely than the Masorah.”
“St. Jerome's version is one of his most careful efforts at translation of the Masorah, and is of the greatest exegetical importance.”
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