The History Of The Masoretic Hebrew Texts

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In this quiz you will be tested on your knowledge about the Masoretic Hebrew texts.


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  • 1. 
    The Hebrew texts of the Bible were originally written with only how many letters of the Hebrew alphabet?
    • A. 

      32

    • B. 

      22

    • C. 

      56

    • D. 

      34

  • 2. 
    As no vowel sounds were originally included in the text, they had to be:
    • A. 

      Rewritten

    • B. 

      Memorized

    • C. 

      Explained

    • D. 

      Destroyed

  • 3. 
    Around the 10th Century AD, a group of Jewish scribes called themselves:
    • A. 

      Philistines

    • B. 

      Israelites

    • C. 

      Masorites

  • 4. 
    The Masorites created a system of dots and dashes, called _____ (vowel pointings) and added these to the Hebrew text.
    • A. 

      Kashrut

    • B. 

      Tanakh

    • C. 

      Nikkudot

  • 5. 
    Why were these vowel pointings so important? 
    • A. 

      They helped codify the pronunciation.

    • B. 

      They made it look a lot nicer.

    • C. 

      They wrote a whole new language

  • 6. 
    Prior to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Hebrew manuscript known to exist was the Masoretic text called:
    • A. 

      The Old Testament

    • B. 

      The holy Bible

    • C. 

      The Aleppo Codex

  • 7. 
    This text is considered the most authoritative Hebrew manuscript and all future editions are based on this text which was written:
    • A. 

      Over 5000 years ago

    • B. 

      In 850 A.D.

    • C. 

      Around 200 B.C

    • D. 

      In 826 A.D.

  • 8. 
    Another important Masoretic text is:
    • A. 

      Old Testament

    • B. 

      The Leningrad Codex

    • C. 

      New Testament

  • 9. 
    Both the Aleppo Codex and the Leningrad Codex are called:
    • A. 

      Ben-Asher texts

    • B. 

      The Old Testament

    • C. 

      True text

    • D. 

      The Dead Sea Scrolls

  • 10. 
    Both of these texts are virtually identical.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
     Both of these texts are virtually identical, the only difference being:
    • A. 

      Paragraph locations and vowel pointings

    • B. 

      Where they were written

    • C. 

      On what kind of paper they are written

    • D. 

      In what language they're written

  • 12. 
    In what year were portions of the Aleppo Codex destroyed in a fire? 
    • A. 

      1846

    • B. 

      1957

    • C. 

      1947

    • D. 

      1956

  • 13. 
    What do we use as the authoritative text for those missing portions?
    • A. 

      Leningrad Codex

    • B. 

      The New Testament

    • C. 

      The Old Testament

    • D. 

      The Dead Sea Scrolls

  • 14. 
    The next major editions to the Masoretic text are the "Mikraot Gedolot", meaning?
    • A. 

      An English version

    • B. 

      The New Testament

    • C. 

      Rabbinic Bibles

  • 15. 
    Are these Hebrew texts identical to the Aleppo and Leningrad Codexes?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 16. 
    One of these Rabbinic Bibles is Jacob Ben Chayim's Rabbinic Bible, first published by Daniel Bomberg in:
    • A. 

      1525

    • B. 

      1535

    • C. 

      1615

    • D. 

      1725

  • 17. 
    This Ben Chayim Rabbinic Bible was used to translate:
    • A. 

      The Message

    • B. 

      The King James

    • C. 

      The NIV

  • 18. 
    There are only ____ textual differences between the Ben Chayim texts and the Ben Asher texts of the Aleppo and Leningrad Codexes.
    • A. 

      11

    • B. 

      15

    • C. 

      9

    • D. 

      21

  • 19. 
    What are Biblia Hebraica and the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia?
    • A. 

      Different names for this translation

    • B. 

      The next major editions to the Masoretic Hebrew Bible

    • C. 

      More ancient text that was found after 1946

  • 20. 
    The Biblia Hebraica was published in _____ by Rudolph Kittel and was a copy of the Ben Chayim Rabbinic Bible.
    • A. 

      1956

    • B. 

      1969

    • C. 

      1906

  • 21. 
    The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia was printed by Paul Kahle in 1977 and is a copy of the:
    • A. 

      Dead Sea Scrolls

    • B. 

      Aleppo Codex

    • C. 

      Leningrad Codex

  • 22. 
    In both cases, the Hebrew texts of the Biblia Hebraica and the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia are identical to each other and to the Ben Chayyim and Ben Asher texts.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    The bottom line is that while there are many different Masoretic texts, they are all the same when it comes to the text   itself.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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