Introduction to the Masorah of the Hebrew Bible

A course that gives students a working understanding of the Masoretic notes. Basic understanding of Hebrew required.

Course Description

This class offers an introduction to the history, understanding, and use of the Masorah of the Hebrew Bible as a tool to aid both in textual criticism of the Hebrew text as well as exegesis of the biblical text. After briefly exploring the historical backgrounds of the Masorah, we will learn the conventions employed by BHS (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia) in the Masorah contained in that printed edition of the Hebrew Bible. Once we have gained an understanding of how the Masorah works, and what kinds of information we can derive from it, we will look at a number of biblical texts in which the Masoretic notes offer interesting textual insights which might otherwise be missed.


Tim Hegg, An Introduction to the Masorah (TorahResource, 2003) [This syllabus will be downloadable as a pdf in the first week of class.]

Page H. Kelley; Daniel S. Mynatt; Timothy G. Crawford, The Masorah of Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Eerdmans, 1998). (Buy Now)

Scholar Track

Get one-on-one instruction and guidance from instructor, Rob Vanhoff.

Take your online learning experience to the next level with our Scholar Track. Students who choose the Scholar Track option for this course will receive two, 30-minute, one-on-one sessions over Zoom, a review and grading of a paper, a certificate of completion, and the possibility of having their work published in the TR Learning Center.
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