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Masora, Babylonian
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According to sources from the 10th century, the Jews of Babylon followed a pronunciation tradition in their reading of the Bible different from that of the reading in the land of Israel (Vocalization, Babylonian). The Babylonian reading tradition was widely followed, in communities that existed in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. There is also evidence of variation in the biblical text between the Jews in Babylonia and the land of Israel. These are also documented in an ancient Masoretic list of disagreements over the text between the מערבאי maʿarḇaʾe ‘we…

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Ofer, Yosef, “Masora, Babylonian”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 25 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000613>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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