Did the Masoretes Get it Wrong? Th e Vocalization and Accentuation of Ezekiel xxviii 12-19 Hector M. Patmore Durham, UK Abstract In this article I argue that the Masoretic vowel pointing and accentuation of Ezekiel xxviii 12-19 have been added in such a way as to obscure the ‘intended meaning’ of the consonantal text. Focussing on verses 13 and 14 I ask ﬁrst, how the scribes who have added the vocalisation and accentuation have read the text. Using the conventions of syntax and semantic range of the vocabulary employed I argue that the vocalisation and accentuation create an awkward reading of the consonantal text. I then suggest how the consonantal text might more ‘naturally’ be read. I conclude by making some tentative suggestions as to why the vocalisation and accentuation might have been added in the way that they have, and by posing some questions regarding the relationship of this text to Genesis ii-iii. Keywords Ezek. xxviii 12-19, Masoretes, vocalization, accentuation I It is the suggestion of this article that the consonantal Masoretic text of Ezekiel xxviii 12-19 has been misread (deliberately or otherwise) by the scribe(s) who added the vocalization and accentuation; and that were the vocalization
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: MASORETES; ACCENTUATION; VOCALIZATION; EZEK. XXVIII 12-19
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