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Book Description

The Note-Line in the Hebrew Scriptures
Publication Year:
T & T Clark
Languages, Hebrew
Copyright Holder:
Public domain

James Kennedy [1842-1925], The Note-Line in the Hebrew Scriptures

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Introduction
    • 1. General account of the sign
    • 2. Origin and object of the note-line
    • 3. Number of insertions in one verse
    • 4. Early origin of the note-line
    • 5. Relation of the line to later signs and marks Partial summary of results
      1. The Qeri and the Kethib
      2. The Sebirln
      3. The vowel-signs
      4. The accents
    • 6. High antiquity of the note-line
    • 7. Proper place for its insertion: rules The double note-line
  2. Classification of Cases
    • 8. Conditions under which the line may be inserted—
      1. With unusual Divine names
      2. Between the same letter repeated in different but adjacent words
      3. When the same letter is not repeated, though expected
      4. Between two words identical in form
      5. Between adjacent words, similar in form
      6. With conflate readings
      7. Between similar expressions which are adjacent
      8. With superfluities, which may be considered variously
        1. As regards their farm, superfluities may consist of—
          1. Single letters
          2. Single words
          3. Two or more words
        2. Considered in their origin and character, superfluities may be—
          1. Inadvertent repetitions
          2. Intentional insertions: these comprise—
            1. Explanatory additions to the text
            2. Synonymous expressions
            3. Pleonasms
            4. Conflate readings
            5. Sudden transitions to a new subject
      9. Omissions, which may consist of—
        1. Single letters
        2. Single words
        3. Two or more words
      10. Peculiar forms of words: these may be—
        1. Notewortby forms of proper names, or foreign names
        2. Rare appellatives
        3. Unusual grammatical forms
        4. Common words with unusual meanings
        5. "Words of doubtful meaning
        6. Unique forms [ἅπαξ λεγόμενα]
      11. Abnormal constructions in grammar
        1. Irregularities in the use of the Article
          1. Abnormal absence of the Article
          2. Abnormal presence of the Article
        2. Unusual constructions of nouns
        3. Abnormal arrangement of attributives
        4. Omission of the relative sign
        5. Want of agreement between subject and predicate
        6. Noteworthy constructions of verbs
        7. Unusual forms or uses of conjunctions
        8. Change of constrnction
      12. Remarkable order ofwords-
        1. Words placed in unusual positions, for emphasis
        2. Inadvertent displacements of words
      13. Startling statements, thus noted as questionable
      14. Anthropopathic expressions
      15. Suspected readings
      16. Unsolved difficulties
  3. Results of Investigation
    • 9. The note-line frequently marks the position of textual difficulties
    • 10. Inexplicable insertions, however, sometimes appear
    • 11. Want of uniformity in the insertion of the line
      1. Different manuscripts and printed editions vary
      2. Parallel passages vary
      3. Usage varies as to the repetition of the line
      4. Striking absence of the line, when it might be expected
        1. Unmarked irregularities may be of recent origin
        2. The mood of the scribe varied
  • Appendix
  • Index