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In the Beginning by Joel M. Hoffman
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Jun 05, 2011

it was amazing
Recommended to Steven by: Asya Pereltsvaig
Recommended for: Ilya Vinarsky
Read from June 03 to 05, 2011

I came upon this book by recommendation of Asya Pereltsvaig The short book takes us through a history of Hebrew writing showing how Hebrew was the first writing system to (partially) record vowels and make itself easier to learn and propagate. Masoretic system of complete marking of how Hebrew should sound did not arise until after 800 C.E.-1000 C.E. at least 500 years after Hebrew ceased to be a spoken language. It seems that some of the rules of pronunciation were invented by Masoretes. However, authenticity of many of the Masoretic rules found confirmation in the writing of the Dead Sea Scrolls (200 BCE - 68 CE).

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