Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible

Scholarly Knowledge, Drollery or Esotericism? The Masora of the Hebrew Bible in its Various Material Properties


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Project Leader:
Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss

Project Assistants:
Kay Joe Petzold M.A.
Jonas Leipziger M.A.







The aim is to clarify whether the relationship between the Masora in the Biblical manuscripts and the Masora traditions presented either in the form of lists or in isolation mirrors a relationship of ‘permanency’ in the textual tradition (liturgical tradition: synagogue) conserved in the Biblical artefact, and of ‘(varying) reception’ in an expanded field of application (commentary; grammar: Lehrhaus).


Subject of the sub-project is:

  • Masoretic commentaries and Masoretic supercommentaries in the Mediaeval exegetic and commentarial literature between 1040 and 1450
  • Select Ashkenazi Bible manuscripts which present the text of the Masora magna in micrographic script as Masora figurata
  • The key question in both studies is to what extent is the Masora tradition shaped by the material components and their designs: how are the great wealth of representational means connected with the different kinds of reception given in various social fields (scholarly circles, parish or synagogic practice)





Latest Revision: 2018-01-09