Small or enlarged letters in the Hebrew Bible?

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Small or enlarged letters in the Hebrew Bible?

Postby Guest » Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:08 pm

First, I thoroughly am enjoying your site! I took Hebrew in Seminary and am using your site to refresh and deepen my understanding!

One question I have. Several times in the Hebrew Alphabet section you mention in the Tanakh there are sometimes enlarged or small letters. Yet when I check out my copy of the BHS this does not show up. What mss are you using to see these things in?

Just curious!
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Re: Small or enlarged letters in the Hebrew Bible?

Postby admin » Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:11 pm

You will not see these in printed Torah (i.e., book form editions), only truly kosher scrolls written by a certified STA"M scribe (i.e., Sifrei Torah)... The writting of a Torah scroll is part of soferut, or the scribal arts and Jewish masorah (tradition). It is unfortunate that the Christian world essentially ignores these things. Shalom
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