TITLE

ALTERNATE CHAPTER DIVISIONS IN THE PENTATEUCH IN THE LIGHT OF THE MASORETIC SECTIONS

AUTHOR(S)
Marcus, David
PUB. DATE
January 2003
SOURCE
Hebrew Studies;2003, Vol. 44, p119
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
There are a number of cases in the Pentateuch when chapters in both Hebrew and non-Hebrew printed editions start at different places within one verse of each other. Masoretic sectional divisions of a pettuhah, a setumah, or a seder sometimes coincide with the standard chapter division, sometimes with the alternate chapter division, and sometimes with both. There are also cases where Masoretic sectional divisions are found within two or three verses of the differing chapter divisions. The existence of these alternate chapter divisions has practical consequences for modem students of the Bible. One is the obvious fact that since different chapter divisions will produce different enumeration of verses, the different division can lead to confusion in citing references. Another is the fact that by starting the chapter at a different place, the parameters of the text are then changed and so a different hermeneutic may be produced. In this paper, we shall survey these alternate chapter divisions and see how they correspond with adjacent Masoretic paragraph divisions.
ACCESSION #
37167123

 

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