Scribal Secrets: Extraordinary Texts in the Torah and Their Implications
Diamond, James S.
Goldenberg, Robert and Gary A. Rendsburg, editors
Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2019 pp. xix + 186. $25.00
Description: The text of the Torah includes not only its words, but also various atypical scribal features. Prime among these are the dots over certain letters, various letters written either large or small, and the exceedingly odd placement of two inverted Hebrew letters surrounding one passage. What are these features doing there? How old are they? Do they carry meaning? How have they been interpreted over the years? James Diamond brings the reader on the journey through the Torah text in search of a response to these questions.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism
Review by Michael Carasik
Citation: Michael Carasik, review of James S. Diamond; Robert Goldenberg and Gary A. Rendsburg, eds., Scribal Secrets: Extraordinary Texts in the Torah and Their Implications, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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