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Masorete Line breaks: Mas¦or|ete
Pronunciation: /ˈmasəriːt/

Definition of Masorete in English:


Any of the Jewish scholars of the 6th to 10th centuries ad who contributed to the establishment of a recognized text of the Hebrew Bible, and to the compilation of the Masorah.
Example sentences
  • This was the work of the Massoretes and the resulting text only began to be produced from the sixth century at the earliest.
  • It is a Masoretic text, i.e. one prepared by the guild of scholars called Masoretes.
  • These four constituted the entire third division of the canon - the Writings - in Josephus's day, rather than the thirteen assigned to it by the Masoretes of the late first millennium A.D.


From French Massoret and modern Latin Massoreta, from Hebrew māsōreṯ; related to māsōrāh (see Masorah).



Pronunciation: /masəˈrɛtɪk/
Example sentences
  • His reading of this verse as ‘In the beginning of God's creation of the heaven and the earth’ is not consistent with the Masoretic form of the second word, here translated as ‘creation.’
  • Because of the loss of part of the Codex it was necessary to refer to another early Masoretic manuscript, specifically the Leningrad Codex.
  • Both texts bear close resemblance to the Masoretic text (which was translated from 895-1000 A.D.) which is the standard text used today for all Hebrew Bible translations.

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