Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Biblical Literature, The medieval period

By the beginning of the Middle Ages the Masoretes of Babylonia and Palestine (6th - 10th century) had fixed in writing, by points and annotation, the traditional pronunciation, punctuation, and (to some extent) interpretation of the biblical text. The rise of the Karaites, who rejected rabbinic tradition and appealed to Scripture alone (8th century onward) stimulated exegetical

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