Masora Thesaurus

Prod ID: Masora Thesaurus
Price: $99.90

For more information, see this blog post and this one by a user.

The module presents the Masoretic notes appearing in Codex Leningrad, arranged alphabetically by “link-words” (= scripture words to which the notes refer). The “link-words” are arranged alphabetically according to lemma. The entries are discussed and explained (in Hebrew) in the footnotes provided by the editors, Prof. Aron Dotan and Nurit Reich. Hypertext links have been added to the Scripture references and the Masoretic entries cross-references.

The 3.0 update (3/20/14) adds many corrections and cantillation marks. It also reformats the entire thesaurus:

In the previous format of the module, the link-words were given once, as a heading under which all the verses containing relevant Masora notes were listed. In the new format they are repeated before each verse. This brings two advantages:

  1. If an link-word appears in several verses but with minor variations, such as presence or absence of a dagesh or a maqef, or changes in cantillation, the precise form is displayed for each verse, rather than one form being given as a heading for all the verses.
  2. Cross-references in the thesaurus are to a combination of link-word + verse. In the old format, cross-references led to the link-word heading, and the user had to scroll down to find the relevant verse. In the new format, the cross-references lead directly to the correct link-word + verse combinations.

The 4.0 update (9/8/14) completes the process of careful proofing, and adds an extensive English Introduction by Prof. Dotan which explains the history and structure of the module. This introduction will help any user to mine the depths of this unique and massive database.

The 5.0 update (12/11/15) changes the manner in which articles page; they now page between link words as opposed to between lines.

This paper explains the value of the Masora to a variety of studies of the Hebrew Bible text: What is Masora and How Can it Serve the Biblical Scholar? by Prof. Aron Dotan: Notes from a Workshop at the 17th International Congress of IOMS in 2003 in Cambridge, UK.

The preparation of this database for Accordance was possible only through the dedication and skill of Mikhal Oren ז”ל.

Where to Find

Masora Thesaurus is included with the following packages

Category Code Title Price
Primary CollectionsColl12-HebrewExpertHebrew Expert Collection (Accordance 12)1999
Primary CollectionsColl13-HebrewExpertHebrew Expert Collection1999
Hebrew add-on bundlesHebrew Master 11.13 add-onHebrew Master, Complete Set to add to Original Languages (v.13 or earlier) or Essential (v.13 or earlier), Nov 20132299.99
Hebrew add-on bundlesHebrew Master 01.14 add-onHebrew Master, Complete Set to add to Original Languages (v.14) or Essential (v.14), January 20142289.99
Hebrew add-on bundlesHebrew Master 11.14Hebrew Master, Complete Set of Hebrew Texts/Tools (November 2014)2699
Hebrew add-on bundlesHebrew Master 8.15Hebrew Master, Complete Set of Hebrew Texts/Tools (August 2015)2749
Hebrew add-on bundlesHebrew Master 11.15Hebrew Master, Complete Set of Hebrew Texts/Tools (November 2015)2999
Hebrew add-on bundlesHebrew Master 06.16Hebrew Master, Complete Set of Hebrew Texts/Tools (June 2016)3449

Reviews

  1. (verified owner) Petrus Janse van Rensburg

    Excellent resource for the study of the Masora.
    This resource has very few mistakes, unlike the Masora of BHS which abounds with mistakes and editorial emendations.
    In a few places I do not agree with the interpretation of the Masoretic note given in the footnotes.
    This entire module is in Hebrew and Aramaic and there is not much support for English.
    The Masora is a very handy resource for the study of ancient Jewish interpretation of the scriptures, but it takes time and effort to learn the terminology and to learn to interpret the notes, and to apply them to textual criticism.

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