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Micrography of Hebrew Script and Art
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Micrography ‘minute writing’ was used primarily to add מסורה masora to the margins of Hebrew Bible manuscripts (Masora, Babylonian; Masora, Tiberian). The Masora was used as a means of stabilizing and maintaining the accuracy of the biblical text. It was compiled around the 8th century C.E. in both Babylonia and Tiberias, but the Tiberian Masoretic Text was the one that prevailed. Stern (2008) has recently showed that this formative period paralleled the transition from the oral to the written tradition. The origins of the Masora, however, might well be somewhat earlier. Althou…

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Dalia-Ruth Halperin, “Micrography of Hebrew Script and Art”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 18 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_COM_00000341>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423, 20130809



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