Palache asserts that because Meiri was only writing a historical account of the Masorah
, he did not strive to make it clear that Ezra was not in fact a high priest.
He expected this to be fairly routine, a short interruption in the work schedule on his book about the Hebrew Masorah
The Roy's message is the following: When you know your Way--your point of departure and goals--then use philosophy, science and the humanities to illumine your exposition, sharpen your categories, probe the profundities and subtleties of the masorah
and reveal its charm and majesty; in so doing you should be able to command respect from the alienated and communicate with some who might otherwise be hostile or indifferent to your teaching as well as to increase the sensitivity and spirituality of the committed.
Fernandez Tejero writes on the noun slm in the Masorah
of the Cairo Codex, and Harviainen on Karaite Arabic transcriptions of the Bible, which were intended as aids to pronunciation of Hebrew and reveal striking differences in the pronunciation of the language from place to place.
Interestingly enough, in enumerating his articles, Maimonides places the truth of the Masorah
before its divinity.
JBL 12 : 73-78; reprinted in The Canon and Masorah
of the Hebrew Bible, ed.
Indeed, the standard masoretic works clearly list the reference in Song of Songs 8:6 as holy; see David Ginsburg, The Masorah
III:196; but see Minchat Shai commenting on Song of Songs 8:6 who notes that this is in dispute between the Ben-Asher and the Ben-Naphtali texts.
Now, the Masorah
identifies a Qere-ketib device here, and instructs us to read that exclamation as two words, namely ba gad [fortune has come].